Nannan, an Opera in Two Acts
Singers and Orchestra (2222, 4231, Timp, 3 Perc, Hp, & Strings)
Music and Libretto by Wang Jie. Base on a short story by Wang Jie.
Duration: 2 hours (Work in Progress: 30 min completed)
On the eve of the Chinese Communist Revolution in 1948, NANNAN tells the story of a barren wife in a noble household who is soon deemed undesirable and replaced by a concubine.
Nannan, Dramatic Soprano – a young lady in her late 20s, Master’s first wife, Minshen’s childhood friend
Minshen, Tenor – a gentleman in his late 20s, Master’s younger brother, who just graduated from college and returned home from London.
Lumei, Light Lyric Soprano – a young and attractive opera singer, married to the Master as concubine.
Master, Bass-Baritone – the head of the noble family, Nannan’s husband, who inherited major wealth from his deceased parents.
The Maid, Mezzo-Soprano – a 32-year-old uneducated lady.
The Missionary, Bass-Baritone – a foreigner in his late 40s.
The Steward on the ship, Baritone – a 40-year-old man.
Servants/Street Crowd/Pier Crowd, SATB: 36 voices
Note for the performance recording below:
This is a special edition written for VOX 2007, showcased by New York City Opera
This work was funded in part by the Composer Assistance Program of the American Music Center
Contact Wang Jie to inquire about the score