In Our Daughter’s Eyes

2022

Composer:
Du Yun

Librettist:
Michael McQuilken

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https://channelduyun.com/works/%20https://www.wisemusicclassical.com/work/61210/In-Our-Daughters-Eyes--Du-Yun/

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Told through the perspective of a new father, In Our Daughter’s Eyes shows the journey of the protagonist as he wrestles with truly becoming a man that his daughter would be proud of. He imparts passages from the journal he keeps — a gift for his unborn daughter — as the moments of this journey unfold before him. The story traces his wife’s joyful and fraught pregnancy, the legacy of the family’s past, and his personal demons that he vows to vanquish before assuming the role of a father. Along the way, mounting complications take the story through unexpected and sobering turns that test our flawed hero as he discovers a strength of self and purpose that he never imagined possible.