HONG KONG, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- To commemorate the centenary of China's 1911 Revolution, the world premiere of the opera Dr Sun Yat-sen will be staged in Hong Kong in October, the city's Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced on Wednesday.
The three-act opera Dr Sun Yat-sen, to be performed in Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles, is presented by the department in association with Opera Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra.
This new work has been created by a talented young team comprising new-generation Chinese composer Huang Ruo and award-winning local playwright Candace Chong.
Speaking of the length of time it had taken to finish their first-ever opera, Chong said that she has spent the last two years polishing the final libretto.
The first act of the opera was previewed to much acclaim at New York City Opera's VOX showcase at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in May. The full version of the opera is now keenly awaited. Both Huang and Chong are hopeful of a successful response when the opera premieres in Hong Kong.
In three acts, the opera covers Dr Sun's friendships and love affairs, including historical characters such as Charlie Soong, one of his best friends, and Soong's daughter Soong Chingling.
The opera will be staged from Oct. 13 to 16 at the Hong Kong Cultural Center.