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July 26, 2003 | Santa Fe Opera
Madame Mao
Composer:Bright Sheng
Librettist:Colin Graham
Synopsis
As the corpse of Jiang Qing, or Madame Mao, swings in the cell where she has hanged herself, we journey retrospectively through the events of a life that came to this undignified end. Rejected by her father when she was a child, Jiang Qing sees a chance to prove herself when Mao Zedong, leader of the Communist Revolutionaries, throws his wife into an asylum and takes a fancy to her. As Mao’s policies fail and he descends into a life of debauchery, Jiang Qing takes control, using the brutality of the Cultural Revolution to take revenge on those that she feels have betrayed her. In the end, Mao also rejects her and she is sent to prison where she takes her own life, in the belief that posterity will eventually vindicate her name.

Courtesy of G. Schirmer

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Santa Fe OperaMadame Mao7/7/2003 - 8/14/2003


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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:00

Number of Acts
2

Original Cast
Robynne Redmon (Older Jiang)
Anna Christy (Younger Jiang)
Alan Opie (Mao)
Mark Duffin (Actor/Manager & Emperor Gao)
Kelly Kaduce (Actress, ZhiZhen & YangPaifeng)

Accusers, Victims & Committee:
Carlos Archuleta
Branch Fields
Michael Kirkpatrick
Audrey Elizabeth Luna
Christina Major
Nicholas Perna
Derek Taylor
Christopher Wilburn




 
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