Saint Paul, MN composer & librettist Ann Millikan writes, “I am very pleased to announce the release of my opera SWEDE HOLLOW on CD! The cast and musicians are superb, and I think you will really enjoy this music. Our November, 2017 performances had near-capacity audiences of over 100 both nights. We recorded the opera at MPR the next day. Check it out!

Tracey Engleman, soprano
Victoria Vargas, mezzo-soprano
David Walton, tenor
Andrew Lovato, baritone
featuring members of Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Joseph Rogers, assistant conductor, and the Swede Hollow Youth Chorus

On December 11, 1956 the City of Saint Paul evicted the residents of Swede Hollow and burned their homes to the ground. Their stories, and those of earlier Swede Hollow residents, became the subject of Ann Millikan’s opera, SWEDE HOLLOW. The libretto is a poignant story that weaves back and forth through time following the lives of Swedish, Italian, and Mexican immigrants who made their home in Swede Hollow during its 100-year history. The fictionalized characters are based on historical research and interviews with former Swede Hollow residents. The opera’s final chorus, Dakota Land, celebrates the original inhabitants of the region with a text by Anishinabe poet Marcie R. Rendon. Centering on the theme of home – leaving home, finding home, losing home – SWEDE HOLLOW comes alive through powerful music on the land that holds its memories.


SWEDE HOLLOW premiered June 2, 2012 in Swede Hollow Park during Art In The Hollow, drawing record crowds, critical acclaim, and strong emotional responses from the community. 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the burning of Swede Hollow. In commemoration we remounted the opera on November 4-5, 2016 at East Side Freedom Library with the addition of 25% new material – children’s choruses, overture, and finale – and recorded the work for posterity. For more information about the production visit:

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