2008-10-05

'The Bonesetter's Daughter' in Review

The Bonesetters Daughter, a new opera by Stewart Wallace based on the novel and libretto by Amy Tan, recently enjoyed its premier production by the San Francisco Opera.

The opera's story spans three generations. The narrative begins in 1997 with the story of Ruth (sung by Zheng Cao), a native Californian, and traces back through the years the story of her immigrant Chinese mother LuLing (sung by Ning Liang), and LuLing's mother, Precious Auntie (Qian Yi). Other characters introduced in the story include Chang the Coffin Maker (Hao Jiang Tian), Ruth's husband Art (James Maddalena) and a Taoist priest (Wu Tong). In the process, ghosts and skeletons of all kinds are uncovered, and the importance of story in preserving memory is affirmed.

Here are links to reviews, generally in the order of detail offered:


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