SIDEBAR: Majel Connery, Judith Zeitlin and Yao Chen
SIDEBAR welcomes vocalist, composer, scholar, and producer Majel Connery, as she joins Gray Center Mellon Collaborative Fellows, Beijing-based composer, Yao Chen,and scholar, Judith Zeitlin (University of Chicago, Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations) in conversation about the process of creating an opera.
Yao and Zeitlin have collaboratively undertaken the creation of an opera, with Yao composing the music, and Zeitlin writing the libretto. Entitled Ghost Village, the opera will be based on a ghost story that features in Pu Songling’s (1640-1715) masterpiece, Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio. Connery has been providing consultation on the project and will continue to play a role throughout its development.
SIDEBAR is an ongoing conversation series organized by the Gray Center. Join us at 6:00pm for food and drinks as we settle into an evening of productive engagement with our invited guests.