Live Performance

19:00-19:30, Saturday 19th September 2020

The Cockpit

 

There will also be an interactive broadcast of this show at 19:30-20:30, Wednesday 23rd September 2020.  A recording of that broadcast will be available for 28 days.

 

Music: Anna Vienna Ho

Words: Michael CT Lam & Roxanne Korda

 

“Buddha and the Monkey King” from Journey to the West (World Premiere)

 

An adaptation of ‘Journey to the West’ by Wu Cheng’en, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. Rooted in Chinese folk religion, mythology, and Confucianist, Taoist and Buddhist philosophies, this opera opens a new window on the novel. This short opera, which is considered a “prologue” of the whole work, shows one of its most iconic moments as Buddha talks to the mighty Monkey King.

 

This English-language opera blends Chinese and Western musical traditions. The second part of the work, “The Monk of the River” will be performed in the next Tête à Tête Opera Festival.

 

The performance will include an introduction to Chinese instruments, especially the Ruan.

 

The initial interactive interactive broadcast included a more in-depth look at the instruments used, and a Q&A with the composer and performers.

 

All ages (mostly adults)

 

Click here for the Buddha and the Monkey King live performance programme

 

Produced by Anna Vienna Ho

 

Venue: The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH.

 

 

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On the same day:

Composer/Music Director: Anna Vienna Ho Buddha and the Monkey King: Librettist: Michael CT Lam The Monkey King: Lixin Liu The Buddha/Ruanist: Michael CT Lam Piano: Lingling Yu The Monk of the River: Librettist: Roxanne Korda Xuanzang: Jack Whiting Yin Wenqiao: Valerie Wong Chen Guangrui: James Gribble The Dragon King/Yin Kaishan: Franco Kong Madame Zhang: Deirdre McCabe Liu Hong: Aaron Kendall Li Biao: Bertie Yates Monk Faming: Edwin Dizer Madame Hu: Roxanne Korda Fisherman/Zhao Yue: Wan Tat Cheah

Composer/Music Director: Anna Vienna Ho

Buddha and the Monkey King:

Librettist: Michael CT Lam

The Monkey King: Lixin Liu

The Buddha/Ruanist: Michael CT Lam

Piano: Lingling Yu

The Monk of the River:

Librettist: Roxanne Korda

Xuanzang: Jack Whiting

Yin Wenqiao: Valerie Wong

Chen Guangrui: James Gribble

The Dragon King/Yin Kaishan: Franco Kong

Madame Zhang: Deirdre McCabe

Liu Hong: Aaron Kendall

Li Biao: Tricia Yates

Monk Faming: Edwin Dizer

Madame Hu: Roxanne Korda

Fisherman/Zhao Yue: Wan Tat Cheah

Erhuist: Eugene Too