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In this Gold Rush opera, cultures clash with a tragic ending

Clip: 11/22/2017 | 7m 28s

For contemporary composer John Adams, it was three notes that launched his latest opera: the sound of a pick axe “chipping away at stone.” Premiering at the San Francisco Opera, "Girls of the Golden West," a collaboration with director Peter Sellars, is a story of high hopes and a shattered American dream set during the California Gold Rush of the 1850s. Jeffrey Brown reports.

Aired: 11/22/17

Rating: NR

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