When the Sun Comes Out

Portland Opera

  • And that’s what this opera is all about — love is love, even more if you have to fight for it

    Oregon Arts Watch
  • This is a country-less, timeless piece.

    Oregon Arts Watch
  • There was nothing more beautifully rendered and orchestrated in the opera, without the least bit of sentimentality, than the last line: “Let us love.”

    Oregon Arts Watch

Production Details

Production Highlights

  • New Production, US Premiere
  • Portland Opera, 2022

Creative Team

Director:
Alison Moritz
Conductor:
Maria Sensi Sellner
Choreographer:
Shaun Keylock
Scenic Design:
Cindy Felice
Costume Design:
Christine A. Richardson
Lighting Design:
Solomon Weisbard
Photo Credit:
Henry Crommett

A Message From Alison

The Portland production of When the Sun Comes Out took place in an undated, indeterminate “past,” rather than the contemporary dystopia indicated in the score - in part because I believe the opera’s themes to be perennial and, perhaps more importantly, because I did not want to imagine a present or future context where recent social progress moves backwards instead of forwards.

Like so many of the best operas, Leslie Uyeda’s opera examines complicated questions around sex and power. I wanted to find a way to physicalize some of the ambiguities of gender and sexual identity - how could we show the things these characters are trying to hide from the world (and even from themselves)? In this endeavor, I was honored to collaborate with Shaun Keylock - a Portland-based choreographer dedicated to exploring the many facets of LGBTQ+ identity through dance.

-akm

Press

  • REVIEW:Let us love: The ‘Sun Comes Out’ at Portland Opera (Oregon Artswatch)
  • PREVIEW:Portland Opera Presents The U.S. Premiere Of WHEN THE SUN COMES OUT (Broadway World)
  • PREVIEW:Portland Opera Presents the U.S. Premiere of ‘When the Sun Comes Out’ (OperaWire)

Production Photos

  • A scene from a live stage production of When the Sun Comes Out, directed by Alison Moritz.
  • A scene from a live stage production of When the Sun Comes Out, directed by Alison Moritz.
  • A scene from a live stage production of When the Sun Comes Out, directed by Alison Moritz.