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The Conflict of Love and Duty: Daughters of the Regiment

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A lecture recital exploring and contrasting La Fille du Regiment – Donizetti and The Ballad of Mulan Psalm with 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. 

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