“Yoopera” debuts Friday in Marquette


A documentary centered around the Upper Peninsula will be making it’s premiere in Marquette.

“Yoopera!” is a one–hour film depicts the making of the opera “Rockland” and its promotion through The Story Line Project.

The Story Line Project involved thousands of Upper Peninsula school children and adults depicting their ancestors who worked to create a new life for themselves and their families in the USA.

The documentary shadows the story of a group of “Yoopers” commissioning the top librettist and composer in Finland to produce an original opera titled “Rockland”, which is based on a little–known murder of two Finnish mining immigrants during the early 1900s in Rockland, Michigan.

The Marquette premiere of “Yoopera!” is free of charge, and will take place at 7:30 Friday evening at Jamrich Hall 102 on the campus of Northern Michigan University.

Filmmaker Suzanne Jurva, who directed the film, will be at the showing to introduce and answer questions about the documentary.