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Music by Kamala Sankaram; Libretto by Susan Yankowitz

Thumbprint is a chamber opera inspired by the experiences of Mukhtar Mai, a contemporary real-life warrior for women’s rights and education in Pakistan. Sankaram’s dynamic score blends Hindustani and European opera influences to tell this astonishing story of courage in the face of oppression.

Performance Details

Performance Dates: Friday, July 3 at 4 p.m. | Wednesday, July 15 at 5 p.m. | Friday, July 31 at 4 p.m.

Venue: Norton Hall

Language: Sung in English with English supertitles

Length: 90 minutes long, no intermission 

World Premiere performance of this work: January, 2014. Commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects & HERE Arts Center for PROTOTYPE Festival.

Content Warning: Due to mature content, this opera may not be suitable for children under 13. 

Creative Team

Kristin Roach · Conductor/Music Director

Omer Ben Seadia · Stage Director

Liliana Duque Piñeiro · Scenic Designer

Michael Baumgarten · Lighting Designer

B.G. FitzGerald · Costume Designer


Samina Aslam
Mukhtar Mai

Wan Zhao Fotor
Wan Zhao