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Curator's Note:

When a new opera is produced, dozens of artists and craftspeople from various disciplines come together around a shared dramatic and musical vision. This collaboration requires extraordinary skill, and cooperation on a grand scale.


San Francisco Opera’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter, composed by Stewart Wallace with a libretto by novelist Amy Tan, brought together singers, designers and musicians from three continents. Many were steeped in the Western operatic tradition, but for others, it was an introduction to American opera.


This collection focuses on the joys and challenges of collaboration, with reflections from several of the artists who brought The Bonesetter’s Daughter to life.


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Ning Liang, Mezzo-Soprano

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Ning Liang plays the mother, Lu-Ling, in The Bonesetter’s Daughter. She grew up in China and lives there now, but was classically trained at the Julliard School in New York. She has performed at the Metropolitan Opera and in opera houses throughout Europe. In this clip, she muses on Chinese and Western opera, and the role these forms play in her everyday life.

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