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Madame Mao

June 25, 2012

The San Francisco Opera's company premiere production of John Adams' Nixon in China left me feeling a bit nonplussed on the whole apart from one thing:  Hye Jung Lee's performance as the wife of Mao Tse Tung, Chiang Ch'ing.

The tiny Korean soprano and 2010 Merola Opera Program alumnus attacked the role like a normally self-satisfied chihuahua cast away from its owner's lap.

The power and flexibility of the singer's voice, coupled with a subtle yet steely stage presence kept me completely entranced. I could not take my eyes nor ears off the performer.


  • I enjoyed the whole thing but she was the highlight. She blew everyone away. Of course, her material was the most fun to work with.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At June 27, 2012 at 12:09 PM  

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