WORLD PREMIERE OPERA

The Grand Seducers: Giovanni Meets Xi-men Qing

Music by Gang Situ; Libretto by Cao Lusheng; Directed by Isabel Milenski
Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco

Premiere: May 18, 2006 Thursday 8:00 pm
May 19, 2006 Friday 8:00 pm
May 20, 2006 Saturday Matinee 2:00 pm
May 20, 2006 Saturday 8:00 pm

Tickets: $25.00 AND $50.00(Sponsor) With discount for CCF members, seniors, students (with ID) and groups of 10 and more. To purchase tickets, please visit the City Box Office, 180 Redwood St., Suite 100 San Francisco, CA 94102 or call (415) 392-4400.

The Grand Seducers: Giovanni Meets Xi-men Qing, a new East-West Opera with music by noted composer Gang Situ, represents the romances and chance encounters of two legendary Casanovas, Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and Xi-men Qing of the Water Margin Heroes novel (Song Dynasty, 960–1280 A.D.). This innovative operatic creation combines Mozart’s great rendition of Don Giovanni and famous characters from classic Chinese opera in a new story by prolific librettist Cao Lusheng. The opera, sung in English punctured with Chinese, features Merola Opera artists with vocal brilliance and comic ebullience, under the direction of Isabel Milenski.

The cast includes: Eugene Brancoveanu as Don Giovanni; Eugene Chan as Xi-men Qing; Thomas Glenn as Leporello; Sabrina Hou as Pan Jin-lian; Jennifer Palmer Boesing as Elvira; Heidi Moss as Zerlina; Larry Zhang as the Matchmaker; and Jeremy Galyon as the Commendatore.

This New Chinese Opera has received funding from: Alexander Wallace Gerbode Foundation; The Creative Work Fund; National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal Agency; Grants for the Arts SF Hotel Tax Fund; Walter & Elise Haas Fund; The Chinese Performing Arts Foundation; L. J. & Mary C. Skaggs Foundation; and The Zellerbach Family Foundation, and Members of the Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco..