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Madame Mao

Composer:
Bright Sheng
Original Language:
English
Librettist:
Colin Graham
Description:
Opera in II Acts
Notes:

In Act I the time goes backwards from the Death of Madame Mao to her time as a young actress. In Act II, the time goes forward from her first encounter with Mao to her death.

Time:
During the period of the Cultural Revolution of China
Place:
China
Role Voice Part Classification
Jiang Ching I (Mme. Mao) Mezzo-Soprano L
Jiang China II (Mme. Mao in her 20s) - also plays Nora (Act I) and Mu Guiying (in Chinese Opera Scenes) High Soprano L
Mao Zedong Baritone L
Zhizhen - also sings Actress (Act I) and Yang Piafeng (in Chinese Opera Scenes) Soprano F
The Actor - also plays Helmer (Act I) and Victim #3 and Emperor Gao (in Chinese Opera Scenes) Tenor F
The Accusers - also sing The Committee and The Victims (an actress plays Victim 3) and Another Man Soprano S
Soprano S
Tenor S
Tenor S
Baritone S
Baritone S
Bass S
Bass S
 
Minimum Chorus:  32
Divisi:  SATB