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Production of "Madame White Snake" Marks First Opera by UMKC Composer

The thousand-year-old Chinese folk tale, "Madame White Snake," is the story of a white snake demon who longs for love. And there are tragic consequences. It's the subject of the first opera for composer and UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance professor Zhou Long. In the production, elements of traditional Chinese opera meet the style of the West.

By Laura Spencer


Kansas City, MO –

Madame White Snake
February 26, 28, and March 2, 2010
Opera Boston
Music by Zhou Long
Libretto by Cerise Lim Jacobs

October 2010
Beijing Music Festival

Madame White Snake is co-commissioned by Opera Boston and the Beijing Music Festival Arts Foundation in conjunction with Oxford University Press.

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