If you had to leave your home today and couldn’t return, what would you take with you? Why is that object – that connection to your past – so important? Hear this story of Patriots and Immigrants as WWII is coming to a close.

Timothy Steele, Musical Director
Richard Gammon, Director
John Sundling, Scenic Designer

Opera Maine’s talented Studio Artists, will present four performances of Jack Perla’s opera An American Dream:

St. Lawrence Arts, Portland, Wednesday, July 12 and Friday, July 14 at 7:30 pm, $22/$12, stlawrencearts.org TICKETS

Deertrees Theater, Harrison, Thursday, July 13 at 7:30 pm, $22/$16, www.deertrees-theatre.org TICKETS

The Temple, Ocean Park, Sunday, July 16 at 7:30pm, Cost: $15 general admission; $5 under age 18; and $10 for residents of The Pines. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at the Ocean Park Association office.

Studio Artists also will have roles as understudies and ensemble members in Opera Maine’s mainstage production of Verdi’s La traviata at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium, July 26 and 28.

Timothy Steele, Musical Director, celebrates his fourteenth season with Opera Maine. Since 1991 he has been on the opera faculty of New England Conservatory, and he has served as conductor/pianist for over 120 productions with numerous companies, including Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Central City Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera. He has conducted eight outreach tours with Boston Lyric Opera and was music director of Opera Providence.

Richard Gammon, Director, is the director of Opera Maine’s Young Artist Program (Gianni Schicchi, Trouble In Tahiti) and has also worked with the Young Artist Programs of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Wolf Trap Opera Studio, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera North, and Virginia Opera. Other directing credits include: Ash Lawn Opera, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Manhattan School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Kentucky Lexington. He made his BAM Next Wave debut last year as the Creative Associate with the Seán Curran Company (Dream’d in a dream), was a former Directing Fellow at Wolf Trap Opera, and has been on the staging staff of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Wolf Trap Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Palm Beach Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Virginia Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera North, and Opera Maine.

Yunlei Xie as Hiroko



Jin-Xiang Yu as Setsuko


Hidenori Inoue as Makoto



Andrew Paulson as Jim



Anna Bridgman as Eva




Andrew Pardini as FBI agent



Opera Maine is very grateful to The Portland Ballet for the use of their space for our Studio Artists to prepare for performance.