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The Place

Streaming Online October 2021

THE PLACE is part of the next installment of the Decameron Opera Coalition project entitled “Heroes” – eight original streaming one-act operas about a new slate of role models, connected by an original song cycle exploring the values that make a hero.

The last couple of years has shed a great deal of light on the racial issues that plague our society. We found ourselves in a time where the past meets the present, and we are forced to see that the path before us is not as it should be. The Place highlights the togetherness of getting out of what often feels like a loop for many. 

‘The Place’ is a story of overcoming. Nia, Enitan, and Olive find themselves in a paradoxical space and go through the journey of self-discovery. Navigating unpredictable time and social conditions, they will have to discover what it takes to survive such a space. The Place is a story that emphasizes the heroic act of existing while passing strength, encouragement, healing, and stories to the next generation.

Sandra Gbeintor Oyinloye,


Maria Thompson Corley
Sandra Gbeintor Oyinloye
Atlese Robinson
Daniel Oyinloye
Bill Munson
Audio Engineer
Ora Jewell-Busche
Costumer and Stylist
Marquita Lister
Soprano (Olive)
Mikalia Bradberry
Mezzo-soprano (Nia)
James Dargan
Baritone (Enitan)
Betsy Husby
Greg Kehl Moore
Henry Eichman
Marimba, vibraphone, percussion
Don Schraufnagel
Orchestra recording engineer

Film Crew:
Jacques Jackson
Mela Nguyen
Levi Staine

Title Photo from Danielle Thralow

Special thanks to:
Armory Arts & Music Center
Sanford & Natalie Hoff
Brad & Andrea Kuzel
Dirk & Paula Meyer
Gudrun & Geoffrey Witrak

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from Minnesota State Legislature’s General Fund.