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Opera Prelude: Conflict of Love and Duty: Daughters of the Regiment

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Cadogan Hall5 Sloane Terrace, London, Greater London, SW1X 9DQ, United Kingdom
On Tuesday 1 October 2019 at 10:30

Conflict of Love and Duty: Daughters of the Regiment

Tuesday 1st October 10:30-12:30

Ticket £30. Booking information and further details from
Fiona Hamilton Phone: 0208 183 7323 Email: operaprelude@gmail.com Website:
www.operaprelude.com

Venue: Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace,
London SW1X 9DQ

Jessie Tse (soprano) and Shengzhi Ren (tenor)

After years spent building spectacular, state-of-the art
opera houses, China is experiencing a boom in opera production;
notably with Chinese contemporary classical opera. Hong Kong soprano Jessie Tse
introduces the fascinating world of Chinese Opera. In a journey from the
traditional Xiqu to Chinese contemporary classical opera, we hear how
encounters with Western music have created a new art form. Performing excerpts
from both operas and drawing comparisons between daughters of the regiment:
Mulan (Mulan Psalm, 2004) and Marie (La Fille du Regiment, Donizetti), we
consider how two girls of such different cultural and historical backgrounds
deal with conflicts of love and duty. Chinese tenor Shengzhi Ren will perform
some excerpts from Mulan Psalm with Ka Man Tsang, piano.

Mulan is an opera in three acts composed by Guan Xia (關峽), President of the China National
Symphony Orchestra. Formerly known as Mulan Psalm(木蘭詩篇), the opera was finished and
premiered in 2004 with the title role created by Ms Peng Liyuan, a famed
soprano, or better known now as the First Lady.  It has toured China and the
world, with most recent acclaimed performances at New York’s Lincoln Centre and
the Vienna State Opera. 

  Although the original music for the 6th century
traditional folksong “The Ballad of Mulan” has now been lost, the poem remains
well known and has inspired several television shows, films and even
cartoons. The opera follows the legendary story of Hua Mulan, the heroine who
disguises herself as a man to replace her ailing father in the army and save
her country from intruders.  

 Opera Prelude is delighted to showcase this cross-cultural
exchange. 

Opera Prelude is a small charity supporting young professional
opera singers who give lecture recitals in London. These friendly and inclusive
events will introduce you to the international opera singers of the future by
way of recitals, concerts and masterclasses.

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