Paradise Interrupted New York Tickets
About Paradise Interrupted
Paradise Interrupted is a modern opera by composer Huang Ruo and librettists Jennifer Wen Ma & Ji Chao. The opera tells the story of a woman who dreams of an encounter with her lover only to end up taking a “psychological journey” through a surreal garden. The work was inspired partly by the epic 19-hour opera Peony Pavilion and the story of Eve in the Garden of Eden. What also interested Ma was the meaning of the word “Paradise,” which translates as “walled enclosure” in the old Iranian language. This opera has been included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Lincoln Center Festival.
Composer Huang Ruo was born in Hainan Island, China, the son of a well-known Chinese composer. Ruo studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music where he received both a traditional Chinese and Western education in music. He utilizes elements of all his influences—Chinese folk, jazz, avant-garde, heavy metal—to create compositions that are “seamless” and “organic.” He has created music for film, theater, opera, orchestra, dance, folk rock and more. His score for Paradise Interrupted is imaginative and detailed, fusing elements of “Chinese classical opera with Western contemporary idioms.”
Jennifer Wen Ma, who also directed and designed the original production, was inspired to tell a story of “a small Utopian world” with a universal message of “new music and new visual aspects.” Ma, also born in China, emigrated to the United States as a teenager and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Pratt Institute in New York. Her imaginative work bridges various media--from drawing, video, design and sculpture to performance and theater. Her works are in galleries and museums around the world. She was a member of the Emmy Award-winning creative team for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
New York Tickets
Paradise Interrupted was first previewed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in March of 2015. The “installation opera” was chosen to be part of the Lincoln Center Festival in July, 2016, where it received glowing reviews for the music, design and the performance of soprano Qian Yi in the lead role.
It premiered in 2014 and runs for 80 minutes with no intermission. Get your tickets through StubHub.
Qian Yi, “China’s reigning opera princess,” helped introduce New Yorkers to the 600-year-old Kun opera tradition—a tradition which helped inspire Paradise Interrupted—with her famous performance in the 19-hour Peony Pavilion at the Lincoln Center in 1999.
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