Journey of The Bonesetter's Daughter

The Cast

Zheng CaoMezzo-soprano Zheng Cao singing the role of Ruth.

Zheng Cao

Ruth Young Kamen/Young LuLing
Zheng Cao performs regularly with leading companies in the United States and abroad. She was an Adler Fellow and in the Merola Opera Program with San Francisco Opera. The Shanghai native has a master's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, and has performed with major orchestras such as the National Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the China Philharmonic Orchestra.

Cao and LiangMezzo-sopranos Zheng Cao and Ning Liang singing a duet in the opera's last scene.

Ning Liang

LuLing
After earning a master's degree at the Juilliard School, Ning Liang became the first Chinese singer to perform at La Scala in Milan and at the Vienna State Opera. She has performed at the Metropolitan Opera and in opera houses throughout Europe, won international competitions, and made several recordings. Liang co-created the role of the Shaman in Tan Dun's opera The First Emperor, and appeared as Suzuki in the 1995 film version of Madame Butterfly.

Qian Yi
Credit: John Martin
Mezzo-soprano Qian Yi in the role of Precious Auntie.

Qian Yi

Precious Auntie
Qian Yi made her Western opera debut in The Bonesetter's Daughter. She was 10 years old when she began studying kun opera. Yi performed the leading role in The Peony Pavilion, which premiered at the 1999 Lincoln Center Festival under Chen Shi-Zheng's direction and toured internationally. Yi has sung in several theatrical pieces based on Chinese opera, including Ghost Lovers at Spoleto Festival USA, Orphan of Zhao at the Lincoln Center, and Snow in June at American Repertory Theater.

Hao Jiang TianBass Hao Jiang Tian singing the role of Chang the Coffinmaker.

Tian Hao Jiang

Chang
Tian Hao Jiang has appeared in more than 26 roles with the Metropolitan Opera, including General Wang in Tan Dun's The First Emperor. A native of Beijing, Tian has sung with more than 30 major opera houses, including Berlin Staatsoper and Maggio Musicale of Florence. He has collaborated with Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, James Levine and Seiji Ozawa. His 2008 autobiography, Along the Roaring River: My Wild Ride from Mao to the Met, has been adapted as a PBS Special.

Amy Tan
Credit: Monica Lam
Amy Tan exploring the streets in Hong Kong.

Amy Tan

Librettist
Amy Tan's novels include the New York Times bestsellers: The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, and Saving Fish from Drowning. She has also written a memoir, The Opposite of Fate, and two children's books: The Moon Lady; and Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat. Tan was the co-producer and co-screenwriter for the film adaptation of The Joy Luck Club and creative consultant for the Emmy-nominated PBS television series Sagwa. Her work has been translated into 35 languages.

Stewart Wallace
Credit: Monica Lam
Stewart Wallace playing the lusheng in the village of Paiya.

Stewart Wallace

Composer
Stewart Wallace is known for his groundbreaking operas including Harvey Milk, Hopper's Wife, Kabbalah and Where's Dick? Wallace has collaborated with a diverse group of artists, including Michael Korie, Richard Foreman, Christopher Alden, Evelyn Glennie, Marc Ribot and Amy Tan. His works have been performed to sold-out houses around the world. Wallace was awarded the distinguished Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006. His music is published and represented worldwide by Schott International.

 

A co-production of Outlier Films, LLC, the Center for Asian American Media, the Independent Television Service, and KQED, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn, Franklin P. and Catherine H. Johnson, The Shenson Foundation, and The Fleishhacker Foundation.

 
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