Press Conference: “Farewell My Concubine” Opera U.S. Debut

Press Conference/媒體發佈會
Date/日期: January 4, 2008
Time/時間: 3:30PM
Location/地點: Chinese Culture Center
750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

Chinese Culture Center is proud to co-sponsor “Farewell My Concubine” Opera U.S. Debut.
Presented by China National Opera House.

The six-city tour kicks off January 11th in San Francisco followed by Pasadena, Washington, D.C., New York, Houston and Dallas.

Chinese Culture Center member receives “Buy One, Get One 50% Off”. Using code “OPERA F&F” by calling the box office directly at 415.392.4400.

The heart and soul behind this Western-style production of “Farewell My Concubine” is internationally-renowned Chinese composer and conductor Xiao Bai. For the past 18 years, Xiao Bai labored to score a Western version of the traditional Chinese story, with the dream of one day presenting his opera to an international audience.

The new, Westernized production of “Farewell My Concubine” staged its world premiere in Beijing in October 2007, and will be performing in six cities across the United States in 2008:
January 11, 12 and 13 – War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, CA
January 19, 20 – The Pasadena Civic, Pasadena, CA
January 25 – DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C.*
January 27 – Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, New York, NY*
January 30, 31 – The Cullen Theater at the Wortham Center, Houston, TX*
February 5, 6 – Eisemann Center, Dallas, TX
* Concert-style production
Visit www.FarewellMyConcubineUSA.com for additional performance details and ticket information.
「霸王別姬」是華人耳熟能詳的歷史故事,並透過京劇等舞台表演形式廣為流傳。中國中央歌劇院首次將「霸王別姬」搬上歌劇舞台,以西洋歌劇形式來詮釋中國歷史,並在國內首演成功之後,訂於明年1月初來美巡迴公演。其中首場演出訂於1月12日在舊金山歌劇院舉行。本次訪美巡演的「霸王別姬」劇團有一百三十多位演員。劇作由詞作家王健擔任編劇,原上海歌劇院常任指揮、作曲家蕭白擔任編劇兼作曲,中央戲劇學院教授曹其敬擔任導演,中央歌劇院副院長俞峰擔任音樂總監兼指揮。