Thunderstorm (opera)

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Leiyu (雷雨 "Thunderstorm") is a 2001 Chinese-language western-style opera by Hangzhou-born composer Mo Fan based on Thunderstorm by Cao Yu. [1] True to the setting of the play Mo Fan introduced 1930s Shanghai salon tunes into the opera.

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Thunderstorm is a play by the Chinese dramatist Cao Yu. It is one of the most popular Chinese dramatic works of the period prior to the Japanese invasion of China in 1937.

The opera was commissioned by the Shanghai Opera House company, [2] and was presented in concert in 2001 and full dress form in 2006. The opera was taken by the Shanghai company among four of its productions to present in the inaugural 2008-2009 season of Beijing's CHNCPA, or "Big Egg" on Tiananmen Square East. [3]

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References

  1. 作曲家莫凡:让歌剧“活”在舞台上 2011 09 15
  2. Shanghai Opera - Thunderstorm
  3. China Daily Shanghai Opera set to shine at the Egg Shell "Shanghai Opera House commissioned composer Mo in 2000 and premiered the concert version of the opera in 2001. They finally produced it into a full-length opera in 2006 and won an award at the China National Arts Festival last November."