Last Friday, audiences at the Metropolitan Museum enjoyed an abridged version of a well-known piece of Kunqu, the oldest form of Chinese opera: ‘The Peony Pavilion’. From James R. Oestreich’s review at the New...
by Sophie Beach | Sep 6, 2011
NPR reports on Western opera singers, including American soprano Maria McDaniel, who are learning contemporary Chinese opera, both in response to the lack of jobs at home and to the Chinese government’s efforts to bolster...
by Sophie Beach | Jan 3, 2011
An article in the New York Times over the weekend looked at the recent surge of interest in Western opera in China: After years spent building spectacular, state-of-the art opera houses in major metropolises and unheralded...
by Sophia Cao | Dec 25, 2006
From IHT: The relative rarity of world premieres at the Metropolitan Opera does not alone explain the buildup of good will, genuine excitement and high expectation over “The First Emperor,” the opera by the Chinese-American composer Tan Dun, which had its premiere on Thursday night, conducted by the composer. Over the years Mr. Tan has […]
by Sophie Beach | Oct 2, 2006
From the New York Times, an article about the Metropolitan Opera’s staging of First Emperor by Zhang Yimou and Tan Dun: Normally for a new production the Met allows one week in the summer for technical rehearsals ” no orchestra, no singers ” to test the set and design the lighting before standard rehearsals begin. […]
by Sophie Beach | Oct 12, 2005
From China Daily, via Andante.com: The Nuremberg State Theatre is to introduce Richard Wagner’s monumental four-opera epic Der Ring des Nibelungen to music lovers at the Eighth Beijing Music Festival.… Yu Long, artistic director of the Beijing Music Festival, said: “This is a historic moment for Asia.” Yu is proud to be able to present […]
by Sophie Beach | Jun 26, 2005
From the New York Times: From the earliest days, many have wondered how Tan Dun and the Metropolitan Opera would fit together. Met insiders affectionately, even proudly, refer to their institution as rigid, as schedule-bound as a railroad. But Mr. Tan is an intellectually restless composer and innovator who says he works with the aid […]
by Xiao Qiang | May 28, 2005
From The New York Times: MACBETH does a back flip from a 10-foot-high city wall; his queen sings a lament as she wipes imaginary blood from her hands; and the courtiers enact their coup in Han dynasty dress. It is no typical production of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” that Spoleto Festival U.S.A. is presenting on Thursday and […]
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