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

Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace, London
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£30. Booking information and further details from Fiona Hamilton Phone: 0208 183 7323 Email: [email protected]

Venue Information

Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ

Nearest Stations

Sloane Square 0.10 miles



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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, President of the China National Symphony Orchestra. Formerly known as Mulan Psalm), 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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