Posted by: mulrickillion | October 23, 2011

Hong Kong, Not Beijing, Sees an Opera Laced With Revolutionary Zeal

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Warren Mok as Sun Yat-sen. Opera Hong Kong.

By George Loomis, Oct 18, 2011 — HONG KONG — This city was host last week to a world premiere of a major, Western-style opera: “Dr. Sun Yat-sen,” by the young Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo, was performed before an enthusiastic audience in the Grand Theater of the Hong Kong Cultural Center.

But that world premiere occurred by default. The opera, which was written to commemorate the centennial of the 1911 revolution that ended the Qing dynasty, was to have been performed in Beijing on Sept. 30 at the National Center for the Performing Arts, known as the Egg, where it was expected to add luster to the center’s fast-growing offerings of opera.

But in late August came word that the production would be indefinitely postponed for “logistical reasons,” a decision by Communist Party officials that immediately gave rise to suspicions of censorship. . . .

Before the premiere, The New York Times reported that Opera Hong Kong, which commissioned and produced “Dr. Sun Yat-sen,” was told that the opera was not politically serious enough. . . .

Hong Kong, Not Beijing, Sees an Opera Laced With Revolutionary Zeal – NYTimes.com

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