The Song Poet Opera: Workshop

The Song Poet Opera tickets were all sold out six months before the opening dates. This is the first time this has happened in MN Opera history. I am excited and apprehensive at once–so many people will get to hear my debut as a librettist. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WERE UNABLE TO GET TICKETS, THE MN OPERA HAS OPENED UP A WORKSHOP FOR THE SONG POET on 12/15/2022 (my birthday!) at the MN Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. If you register, you can come free of charge, to listen to the singers sing the songs from the opera. It is a special opportunity to peek into the world of opera but also to hear the music of The Song Poet Opera. The link is here:

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Hmong song poetry | kwv txhiaj hmoob

Thaum Hluas Txog Hnub Laus: When the Days of Youth are Gone (Bee Yang, 2014)

This is an album of Hmong song poetry, kwv txhiaj hmoob, composed and sung by Bee Yang, Kao Kalia Yang’s father. The album notes and English translation of one of the songs are by Kao Kalia Yang.

Kwv txhiaj is, in the words of Ralph Ellison on the American Blues, “an impulse to keep the painful details and episodes of a brutal experience alive in one’s aching consciousness, to finger its jagged grain, and to transcend it, not by the consolation of philosophy but by squeezing from it a near-tragic, near-cosmic lyricism. As a form, the blues [and kwv txhiaj] is an autobiographical chronicle of personal catastrophe expressed lyrically.”

NOTE:  The duration of the songs do not reflect the actual song length.  Please consider ordering the CD for the full songs.  Thank you.

*This CD is available for purchase for $15.  Click below to order:


Bee Yang: Hmong Song Poetry



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