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Biography

Qian Yi makes her San Francisco Opera debut this season in her first role in a Western opera. Having entered the Shanghai Chinese Opera School at age 10, she was acknowledged as a rising star in kunju (an ancient traditional operatic form originating near Shanghai) before going on to great acclaim on four continents in the nineteen-hour Ming Dynasty drama The Peony Pavilion. Since her U.S. debut in that 1999 Lincoln Center production, she has appeared in several innovative theater pieces based on Chinese opera, including Ghost Lovers at Spoleto Festival USA, The Orphan of Zhao at Lincoln Center, and Snow in June at the American Repertory Theater. She has also worked in Western theater, appearing in Meredith Monk’s Turtle Dream, Amy Trompetter’s puppet-driven adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince, and the Hans Christian Andersen commemorative musical My Life as a Fairy Tale (alongside actress Fiona Shaw) for the Lincoln Center and Arhus Festivals. Last season she starred in Contemporary Legend Theatre’s production of The Butterfly Dream, which had its premiere at the National Theatre of Taiwan and was revived at the Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival. Her screen credits include Alexander Ku’s independent short film Triple Eight Palace, an official selection at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival; Dark Matter, a full-length feature directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, which was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival; and Kevin Choi’s The Years Flow Like Water, which had its premiere at the 2008 Asian American International Film Festival.

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Singing East and West: The Bonesetter’s Daughter

09.22.08 | 01:22:35 min | 0 comments
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