The Song Poet will become the first Hmong story to be adapted into an opera. How exciting!

The Minnesota Opera on Monday announced the commissioning of a new work based on the award-winning memoir “The Song Poet” by St. Paul writer Kao Kalia Yang. It tells the story of her family and in particular, her song poet father Bee Yang, as war forces them from Laos into a Thai refugee camp and ultimately on to St Paul.

Yang said it’s the first time a Hmong story will be presented as an opera.

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