Conservatory Composer Zhou Long's Opera Madame White Snake Gets Review at Chinese Premiere in CNTV
UMKC Conservatory and world-renowned composer Zhou Long's first opera, Madame White Snake opened Oct. 27, 2010, in China at the Beijing Music Festival. The opera was co-commissioned by Opera Boston and the Beijing Music Festival. It premiered in Boston in February 2010 to great acclaim.
In the article, Zhou Long says, "I didn't directly transplant the elements from Chinese opera into this play. I used some traditional Chinese musical instruments to represent the major roles. Bamboo flute stands for Madame White Snake, Xun, an ancient egg-shaped, holed wind instruments represents Xiao Qing. Erhu designates Xu Xian, and bass instruments reflect Abbot Fahai's darkness. And it is an experiment to use a male suprano to play Xiao Qing, which is commonly seen in traditional Chinese operas. In all, I would like to call the play a collision between Eastern and Western culture."
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