A Fragrant Dream

Opera in One Act

14/10|Saturday|20:00     Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium    

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Macao International Music Festival, distinguished local playwright Lawrence Lei, composer Liu Chenchen and poet Un Sio San joined hands to create the first local chamber opera. Widely-praised for its lyrical melodies and charming local flavours, the opera returns to stage with a polished script, a refined libretto, a magnificent cast and a larger orchestra.

Famous playwright Tang Xianzu stops by Macao on his way to southern China. Here he meets Maria, a charismatic Portuguese lady, and they quickly form a heart-warming relationship. Shuffling between facts and fiction, A Fragrant Dream tells the life-changing encounter that inspired Tang’s masterpiece The Peony Pavilion.

Conductor: Lu Jia
Director: Sun Chao
Composer: Liu Chenchen
Librettist: Un Sio San
Playwright: Lawrence Lei
Script Consultant: Tong Mui Siu
Set Design: Wu Fang
Costume Design: Han Jingjing
Lighting Design: Tou Kuok Hong
Macao Orchestra
Shanghai Opera House Chorus
Production: Macao International Music Festival

Characters and Cast
Tang Xianzu            Han Peng, Tenor
Maria                       Xu Lei, Soprano
Servant                    Lou Chong Meng, Tenor
Supers                     Shanghai Opera House Chorus

Duration: approximately 1 hour, no interval
Performed in Mandarin, with surtitles in Chinese, Portuguese and English