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Completing the Picture



Commissioned by Utah Opera to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike in May 2019.


Teachers and Students: Read through the suggested response topics in the document below before watching this 11-minute opera. Teachers may want written responses sent to them; students can also check their answers with the provided answer page.


Overview: Photographs of historical events don’t always give the full story of what happened.  Go on a journey of the imagination with composer Michael Ching as he suggests the experiences of some of those who were left out of the famous picture of the driving of the Golden Spike.

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