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Yue Fei, the grand opera composed by An-Lun “Aaron” Huang ’86 MM in 1985, received its world premiere in the Tianjin Grand Theatre, China, on November 27, 2015. The work was Huang’s dissertation at Yale, and the premiere closed a thirty-year journey.
The four-act opera is based on the historical tragedy of the general Yue Fei in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127–1279). The performance, presented by the Tianjin Conservatory of Music, involved more than 300 performers.
The Chinese magazine Opera featured the opera’s conductor, Maestro Xiao-Ying Zheng, on its cover; Maestro Zheng, to whom the opera is dedicated, led a concert performance of Yue Fei in 2013 and conducted the world premiere in November. Zheng is the former music director of the Central Opera House in Beijing, China. MORE