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General Director Charles MacKay announced that The Santa Fe Opera will present the American premiere of Huang Ruo’s Dr. Sun Yat-sen in the 2014 Festival Season. The opera, which commemorates the centennial of China’s 1911 Revolution, was commissioned by Opera Hong Kong and given its world premiere there on October 13, 2011.
“Huang Ruo is one of the most gifted and imaginative composers writing today,” MacKay said. “His music is exotic and distinctive, with a lovely lyrical quality which makes it very approachable for the voice. It is very moving and beautiful, and fits the Company’s mission perfectly.”
“I wish to express the gratitude on behalf of The Santa Fe Opera Board of Directors to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its generous support of Dr. Sun Yat-sen,” MacKay continued. “The Foundation, long a tireless advocate of new operas, has also made a commitment to support Theodore Morrison’s opera, Oscar, to be premiered in the 2013 season, and Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain in 2015. Its pledge has made possible these three operas for Santa Fe and for what we hope will become a part of the American operatic canon.”
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