August 29, 2019

Paradise Interrupted

MGM Theater
Shanghai, China

John makes his debut at the Shanghai China International Arts Festival performing the role of First Male Voice in Huang Ruo’s chamber opera Paradise Interrupted.

This arresting installation opera tells the story of a woman searching for an unattainable ideal in a world that comes to life through her singing, as she attempts to return to the Garden. Co-produced by Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival, Singapore International Festival of Arts and National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, it weaves the myths of the Garden of Eden and Peony Pavilion, with a mesmerizing composition that merges a 600-year-old Kun opera with contemporary Western opera. The creative use of interactive technology enables a host of digital characters to interact with the heroine within a magical garden to create an enchanting story.