"Amelia," a contemporary opera about a young woman dealing with fear and memory, makes its Chicago debut at Benito Juarez Community Academy's Performing Arts Center, March 1-2.

The opera features performances by artists and students at the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) and Chicago Opera Theater (COT) and score by American composer Daron Hagen. The character of Amelia is based on the real-life experience of American poet Gardner McFall, who lost her father, a Navy pilot, in 1966. McFall’s poems about the loss of her father were published in the 1996 book, The Pilot’s Daughter.

The opera is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.