Beijing Has Thing For Puccini Opera Set In China

From Los Angeles Times:

Gli enigmi sono tre, una e la vita!li enigmi sono tre, una e la vita! What does the above mean? (“The riddles are three; life is one!”)

Where is from? (The opera “Turandot.”)

Who is the latest musical sensation in ? (A dead Italian once scorned for his Orientalist fantasies about Asian .)

Back in the 1960s and ’70s, when Italian opera was deemed a capitalist indulgence in China, no work was more despised than Giacomo Puccini’s “Turandot.” Many Chinese thought the opera insulting, with its depiction of a despotic Chinese princess who has her suitors beheaded unless they can answer three riddles.

They’re singing a different tune these days.

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