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THUMBPRINT at Portland Opera March 18-26th, 2023


Thumbprint (2022) courtesy of Chautauqua Institution/Chautauqua Opera Company | Photo By Dave Munch

Libretto by Susan Yankowitz

Music by Kamala Sankaram


Thumbprint is inspired by the true story of Mukhtar Mai—a trailblazing Pakistani activist whose fight for justice and safety reminds us that women's rights are human rights. After surviving sexual violence perpetrated by a local tribal council in retribution for her brother's alleged crimes, Mukhtar decides to live—and that decision changes the world.

Tickets & More Information


Join Literary Arts for a Discussion With Kamala Sankaram & Susan Yankowitz

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm PDT

Literary Arts - 925 SW Washington St Portland, OR 97205


Susan will be in Portland for the discussion above and on opening night, March 18


Chautauqua Opera Company | Opera Festival 2022

July, 2022


Chautauqua Opera Company & Conservatory: Opera Chats

March 28, 2022


Listen to an interview with Susan and Kamala here about their process of creating “Thumbprint” and bringing it to Chautauqua Opera Company & Conservatory.


Kamala Sankaram, Susan Yankowitz, Omer Ben Seadia and Thumbprint


In this episode, we travel back in time to the Spring of 2020, right before the worldwide shutdowns due to COVID. Chautauqua Opera was set to produce Sankaram/Yankowitz’s Thumbprint, based on the life of Muktar Mi. We are excited to bring this production to Norton Hall, as we return for the 2022 Season. Please enjoy this spotlight on Kamala Sankaram (Composer), Susan Yankowitz (Librettist), and Omer Ben Seadia (Stage Director).

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