Premiere of Paradise Interrupted at Spoleto Festival USA

 22 May
 Memminger Auditorium
 56 Beaufain St - 29401 - Charleston - United States
 Paradise Interrupted
Composed by Huang Ruo Libretto by Jennifer Wen Ma and Ji Chao Conducted by John Kennedy Directed and Designed by Jennifer Wen Ma Spoleto Festival USA presents the world premiere of Huang Ruo and Jennifer Wen Ma’s Paradise Interrupted, an arresting new opera marrying Chinese tradition dating from the Ming Dynasty with contemporary Western idioms. In a dream, a woman meets her lover and searches for an unattainable ideal as a vast garden grows from an empty stage, only to disappear as her dream ends. Revered visual artist Jennifer Wen Ma, known to global audiences for her work on the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, directs and designs this exquisite opera. The dreamer is Qian Yi, whose performance in Lincoln Center Festival’s The Peony Pavilion—presented at Spoleto Festival USA in 2004—was lauded by The New York Times: “She is now China’s reigning opera princess, and in The Peony Pavilion her talents are in full flower.” Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy leads a chamber orchestra mixing Western and Chinese instruments in a score that is at once a continuation of tradition and entirely new. “. . . one of the world’s leading young composers.” – The New Yorker Sung in Mandarin with English supertitles. Paradise Interrupted is co-commissioned and co-produced by Spoleto Festival USA and Lincoln Center Festival. VENUE: Memminger Auditorium DURATION: Approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES FRI, MAY 22: 7:00PM SUN, MAY 24: 8:00PM WED, MAY 27: 8:00PM FRI, MAY 29: 8:00PM SUN, MAY 31: 1:00PM Conversations With Jennifer Wen Ma and Huang Ruo | Sunday, May 24 at 3:30pm

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