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Kuan-yin, Chinese goddess of compassion. In the opera, Zhaojun poses as Kuan-Yin.

Zhaojun - A Woman of Peace
(pronounced Jah-oh Jün)

To stop environmental destruction and create universal peace, Zhaojun steps out of ancient times into the 21st century to confront a character called the Emperor.

 

Chamber Opera in One Act

for soprano, baritone, optional chorus
and 8 instruments: flute, clarinet, percussion, harp, piano, violin, viola & cello

An optional instrumental part for pipa (Chinese lute) and a piano reduction are also available upon request.

 

duration: 30 minutes

 

Music and Libretto by Alice Shields, in English

inspired by Yuan Dynasty theater and Tang Dynasty war poetry

 

CHARACTERS:

Zhaojun, famous beauty of ancient China, who created peace between China and Mongolia. Former concubine to the Emperor.

......................   Soprano

The Emperor, who had earlier given away his concubine Zhaojun as a gift to the Mongols, and feels a little gulity.

......................   Baritone

Chorus, who assist Zhaojun in her various attempts to manipulate the Emperor.

......................   SATB

                                                                                                                             

Optional Special Performer: The internationally celebrated pipa master Ms. Liu Fang is
interested in performing the optional pipa part in the opera. (http://liufangmusic.net/English).

Optional Visual Art onstage: In performance the opera can feature paintings and
calligraphy by Chinese artist Wang Mansheng (http://manshengwang.com).

 

Ms. Liu Fang, pipa player (liufangmusic.net/English)

Mansheng Wang: visual art
manshengwang.com

Sunset - painting by Mansheng Wang
manshengwang.com

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