Memory Boy

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Project Opera, Minnesota Opera’s youth training program for students in grades 4 – 12, commissions Memory Boy for a fully staged production at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis in February 2016 as an extension of the New Works Initiative. This new opera by composer Reinaldo Moya and librettist Mark Campbell is based on the novel by Will Weaver.


Friday, February 5 at 6pm

Friday, February 5 at 8pm

Saturday, February 6 at 6pm

Saturday, February 6 at 8pm

Sunday, February 7 at 2pm

Sunday, February 7 at 4pm


The Lab Theater

700 1st St N 

Minneapolis, MN 55401

Memory Boy is a popular young adult science fiction novel about the aftermath of recurring volcanic eruptions, and a Minnesota family trying to survive. Ash continues to drift around the world two years after the catastrophe. Food hoarding and violence are rampant. Sixteen-year-old Miles Newell and his family realize they must leave their suburban Minneapolis home for their cabin in the northwoods if they are to survive. With car travel forbidden, they escape the city via the “Ali Princess,” a part-bicycle and part sailboat contraption built by Miles to carry them to safety in these desperate times.

Project Opera is an important component of Minnesota Opera’s award-winning education department. The program features two ensembles – Ragazzi and Giovani. In addition to their own concert schedule, participants perform in the Ordway lobby prior to each Minnesota Opera Sunday matinee performance. Led by Music Director Dr. Dale Kruse, students learn healthy vocal technique, perform repertoire in the major operatic languages, and study the fundamentals of acting. Memory Boy is the follow up to Project Opera’s incredibly successful commission of The Giver, based on the novel by Lois Lowry.

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