Chinatown

CHINATOWN
唐人街   歌劇

13 - 17 September 2022 at the
Vancouver Playhouse

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Our next new opera is CHINATOWN, running at the Vancouver Playhouse from 13 – 17 September 2022. Its libretto is by Madeleine Thien, music by Alice Ping Yee Ho, and Hoisan translation by Paul Yee.

THE STORY OF CHINATOWN

Our new opera is a story of family and neighbourhood, racism and resistance, history and tomorrow. In two acts and two hours it examines six characters, two families, and a chorus of male ghosts, from the building of the CPR through to our own times. It deals with violence and despair, the Head Tax, the Exclusion Act, paper sons, and paper promise.

Our staged concert format. Due to production and staffing issues CHINATOWN will be presented in a staged concert format. All the elements of the opera remain intact.

Not a word or note will be omitted. The only alternative would be to postpone the production for another year. Stage director Desdemona Chiang will bring an active energy and imagination to the entire event.

It is a Western opera, but incorporates Chinese themes, sounds and sensibilities. And it is a love story.

The inspiration for CHINATOWN lies in our history, a great neighbourhood and its people, and its resistance against racism – both historical, and resurgent today.

Please join us, and bring the people you love.


Videos

The Story of Chinatown

Interviews with the creators and cast of Chinatown:

The Music of Chinatown

Here is Vania Chan in the Keefer Street aria, from Act Two, Scene Two:

Here is Derek Kwan in the Paper Son aria, from Act Two, Scene Two:

And here a preview of Erica Iris Huang as the Hoisan Singer, from Act One, Scene One:

Finally, here's Emma Parkinson with Anna's Aria:


Three arias from CHINATOWN were presented as part of the VSO's Day of Music.