Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Chinese Opera at the Esplanade

You can catch a Chinese opera performance of The Dream of Han Dan on Saturday, 20 December at the Esplanade. This Yue opera piece will be staged at 8 pm, in the Recital Studio. It is produced by the Chinese Opera Institute.

Lu Sheng is a down and out scholar with dreams of fame, wealth, and power. He is on his way to the capital to sit for the exams that will begin him on the road toward achieving those dreams. As he makes his journey, he stops at an inn on an old Han Dan street, and there has an encounter that might just change his life.

Lu Sheng's dream in the inn is the last piece recorded in Tang Xian Zu's famous Four Dreams cycle. It should provide material for a very entertaining evening at the Esplanade on 20 December.

The performance will feature both English and Chinese subtitles. It is 105 minutes long, and there will be a 15 minute intermission.

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