Tackling Turandot's "Legendary China": A Complex Cultural Puzzle

Wed, Nov 1, 2017 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Tickets (includes museum admission): $12/adult; $5/Student (w ID) and Senior; free for MOCA Members. 


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Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.

Where does Puccini’s “legendary China” land in the 21st century? Puccini’s opera Turandot has a complex provenance which even includes music sourced from New York’s Chinatown. Join the Metropolitan Opera’s radio commentator William Berger; Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and performance artist Du Yun; and actor, comedian, and writer Woody Fu for a provocative conversation, moderated by the Met's Jeff Tang, about the thorny cultural inheritance of Puccini’s final masterpiece. The panel will discuss how artists and cultural producers can address the complexities of cultural representation and authenticity and the question of when imaginative art may become cultural appropriation.



This program is presented with The Metropolitan Opera.


Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.