Oberlin College and Conservatory

Winter Term Opera: Angel's Bone by Du Yun ’01

Wednesday, January 31 at 7:30pm

Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse, Hales Annex
180 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, OH 44074


Patrons wishing to be placed on a wait list should arrive at the Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse 30 minutes prior to showtime.

Angel’s Bone is a new work of opera-theater that follows the plight of two angels whose nostalgia for earthly delights has, mysteriously, brought them back to our world. They are found battered and bruised from their long journey by a man and his wife. Mr. and Mrs. X.E. set out to nurse the wounded angels back to health: they bathe them, wash the dirt from their nails…then lock them in a room and decide to exploit these magical beings for wealth and personal gains. 

Angel’s Bone is a one-act opera that melds chamber music, theater, punk rock, opera, cabaret, and electronics, exploring the dark effects and motivations behind modern-day slavery and the trafficking industry.

Angel’s Bone, by Du Yun ’01 with a libretto by Royce Vavrek was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Music.

"Savage and uncompromising…the score is a genre stew in which operatic and pop singing, faux-Renaissance polyphony that slides into dissonance, jazz riffs and electronic howls are deftly welded into a lean, propulsive dramatic arc that leaves the listener shocked and drained."
— Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal

Run time: 85 minutes
For mature audiences due to subject matter.

Wed, Jan 31, 7:30 PM - opening night sponsored by Cleveland Opera Theater
Fri, Feb 2, 7:30 PM
Sun, Feb 4, 3:00 PM
Tue, Feb 6, 7:30 PM
Wed, Feb 7, 7:30 PM

Tickets required. Reserve your free tickets here.


Christopher Mirto, Director
Matthew Chamberlain, Conductor

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Administrative, Conservatory of Music


FREE. Tickets are required.

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