The Silver River
Composer: Bright Sheng
Librettist: David Henry Hwang
Original Cast: Michael Chioldi (Baritone)
Jamie Guan (Chinese-style actor)
Wu Man (pipa)
Work Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com/default.aspx?TabId=2420&St
Premiere Date: July 27, 1997
Producing Company: Santa Fe Opera
Description: According to ancient Chinese legend, Night and Day were created through the ill-fated love between a heavenly being and a mortal. The legend of the Silver River comes alive in a bewitching production populated by Jade Emperors, Goddess Weavers and other celestial beings. Bright Sheng and David Henry Hwang, librettist of the Tony Award-winning M. Butterfly, integrate elements from both Western and Chinese opera in a touching and timeless fable.
Character List (Major): African-American Actress (Western style)
Asian Male Singer (Chinese Opera style)
Baritone (Western Opera/Music Theater style)
Reviews: A Meeting Of Worlds Earthly And Divine - The New York Times 7/18/2002
Length: 01:15
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: fl(pic,afl), cl(bcl,perc), pipa, perc, vn(perc), vc(perc)
Note: the flutist appears onstage as a male cowherd, the pipa player appears onstage as a goddess-weaver
Ballet/Dance: Asian Female Dancer
2 Dancers
Contact: G. Schirmer, Inc.
Address: 257 Park Avenue South, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10010
E-mail Address: pm@schirmer.com
Phone: 212-254-2100
Composer Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com/default.aspx?TabId=2419&St
Librettist Web Site: http://barclayagency.com/hwang.html
Publisher Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com
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