OPERA America‘s Salon Series is presenting “An Evening with Wang Jie” today. Wang Jie has been living and working in New York for several years now. Her opera Nannan was featured in the New York City Opera‘s VOX series several years ago. I havn’t heard too much of her since then. Tonight provides another opportunity.
Featuring selections from the vocal and instrumental works of composer Wang Jie performed by soprano Mary MacKenzie, mezzo-soprano Krysty Swann, violinist Jennifer Choi and the composer at the piano. The program includes:
Serenade in Isolation
A Prayer — Lord? Please Don’t Let Me Die in a Funny Way (libretto by Paul Simms)
From the Other Sky, Scene II — Human World (libretto by Wang Jie)
This is Wang’s bio from her Website:
Born in Shanghai shortly after the Culture Revolution, Ms. Wang was raised during an era of breathtaking eco-nomic expansion. She was a known piano prodigy by the age of five. A scholarship from Manhattan School of Music brought her to the US where she began her composition studies under the tutelage of Nils Vigeland and Richard Danielpour.
While a student at Manhattan School and later the Curtis Institute of Music, her tragic opera NANNAN was showcased by New York City Opera’s annual VOX festival. This led to the production of her chamber opera FLOWN, a meditation on lovers who must separate, by Music-Theatre Group. The Emily Dickenson inspired song cycle I DIED FOR BEAUTY was featured at the opening ceremony of Beijing Modern Music Festival. Her piano trio SHADOW dramatizes the inner life of an autistic child. It was featured by the New Juilliard Ensemble at the Museum of Modern Art and was subsequently presented by Continuum at Merkin Hall’s “China in America”.