China National Opera House Performance: Farewell My Concubine
This is a Western-style adaptation of a famous Chinese opera. In addition to performances in Pasadena, the opera will be performed in San Francisco, Washington, DC, New York, Houston, and Dallas.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Pasadena Civic Auditorium
300 East Green Street
Performances on 01/19/2008 and 01/20/2008
The Chinese classic opera, "Farewell My Concubine" has been completely reinterpreted to a Western-style opera with new music and new staging. This traditional opera has been completely updated to create a unique East meets West production. It premiered in Beijing (click here for Washington Post story about the performance) in October 2007 and is now on tour in the United States.
The producers describe the opera as emotional, romantic, heroic, sentimental, and tragic. The opera is based on events from the founding of imperial China 22 centuries ago. The story is well-known in China. The hero of the story, Xiang Yu , was the grandson of a general of State Chu. After his grandfather died on the battlefield when State Chu was conquered by State Qin, Xiang Yu , brave and skillful, led his 8,000 young soldiers to fight against State Qin. After five years of fighting, he defeated Qin troops and occupied Xianyang, the capital of State Qin. The Qin State thus fell.
This production marks one of the rare times an original Chinese opera will be performed in the
United States by a Chinese cast and sung in Mandarin.
Tel: (626) 449-7360
Sponsor(s): Chinese American Inter-Cultural Exchange Foundation, China National Opera House