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February 18, 2006



Your question reminds me that I had the good fortune to sit through a workshop performance of the first act Bright Sheng's opera Madame Mao. (It was performed by a mix of pro and student singers, with piano accompaniment. I recall the members of the chorus flipping through the pages of their scores furiously in the fast sections; I think those scores must have had only a couple measures per page.)

Anyway, during the Q&A afterwards, an audience member asked Sheng if he expected to get a performance in China. His face broke out in a big grin and he wagged his finger side to side. "No; too political" is what he said, or something like that. Sheng and his collaborators make a clear attempt to portray the character of M. and Mme Mao, and it's unflattering -- more so than Adams' opera, which partly sticks to official transcripts (right?).

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