Farewell My Concubine is a familiar love story in China. It’s been a poem, a novel and an Oscar-nominated 1993 film. Now it’s also a 90-minute Western-style opera (sung in Mandarin with English subtitles), and it’s coming from China to Richardson’s Eisemann Center with its original 130-member cast and orchestra February 5 and 6.
Shanghai-born Dallas millionaire Emily Kuo Vong saw the production by the China National Opera House last year and decided to produce and finance a six-city American tour. Vong, founder and chairman of a Dallas-based non-profit group promoting cultural exchanges between China and the U.S., is a graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Xiao Bai, the composer of Farewell My Concubine.
Vong and Run Yu Qun, the 25-year-old beauty who sings a starring role in the opera, previewed the show for the Dallas press this week. Good thing we brought our video camera -- after the jump, course. --Elaine Liner