2008-09-05

'Bonesetter's Daughter' as Opera

The San Francisco Opera will present the premier this weekend of The Bonesetter's Daughter, a new opera by Stewart Wallace based on the 2001 novel by Amy Tan. The director for the production is Chen Shi-Zheng; Ms Tan wrote the libretto.

The Los Angeles Times quotes the composer:

Our objective was never to bridge cultures... If we've managed to do this, it's the unintentional result of the relationships we've built along the way. The cathartic journey of the three women in the story transcends history and politics. It's personal and emotional.

As one who read and loved this novel, I agree completely. The Bonesetter's Daughter is a poignant and at times wrenching story about the power of stories to carry memory across generations. Here's wishing the new opera all success.

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