TEA: A MIRROR OF SOUL

TAN DUN

AN EXTRAORDINARY FUSION OF WESTERN OPERA AND EASTERN MYTH FROM THE ACADEMY-AWARD WINNING COMPOSER OF CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
In English with SURTITLESTM

"AN UTTERLY OPERATIC TALE OF LOVE, QUEST, AND DEATH"
- The Vancouver Sun

Ancient Japan. Seikyo, a prince by birth, tells his fellow monks the story of how he came to the temple: Years earlier, in China, seeking to marry Princess Lan, Seikyo confronts her jealous brother, the Prince, and must answer his challenge: find The Book of Tea and reveal its secret wisdom.

In the distant south, Lu, daughter of the Tea Sage, relinquishes the book on condition that Seikyo and Lan vow to spread its truth throughout the world. Before they can read it, the Prince attacks Seikyo, and Lan is killed when she intervenes. The grief-stricken Prince offers himself in sacrifice, but Seikyo declines, choosing instead to cut off his own hair and take a monk’s vow.

Combining sounds of water, paper, ceramic and stone with a traditional western orchestra, Tan Dun’s haunting score is trance-like and beautiful. Tea: A Mirror of Soul is highly theatrical, visually stunning, and charged with eroticism, ritual and poetry. This will be an extraordinary and deeply rewarding opera experience.

► Approximate Running Time: 2 hours 3 minutes (including one intermission)

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ON STAGE FOR 4 PERFORMANCES ONLY

SATURDAY MAY 4 2013 7:30PM
TUESDAY MAY 7 2013 7:30PM
THURSDAY MAY 9 2013 7:30PM
SATURDAY MAY 11 2013 7:30PM

All performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

 

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

 

 

Conducted by JONATHAN DARLINGTON

JONATHAN DARLINGTON
CONDUCTOR

Lapsworth, England

Last VO Appearance:
The Pirates of Penzance, 2012

Recent Appearances:
Orlando (Handel) and La clemenza di Tito with Staatsoper Dresden
The Rake's Progress with Opéra National de Paris

Upcoming Engagements:
Der Zwerg and Eine Florentinische Tragögdie (Zemlinsky) with Deutsche Oper am Rhein
Madama Butterfly with Wiener Staatsoper

Mr. Darlington, BA (Hons) Durham University is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.


Mr. Darlington’s appearance is supported by a gift from Brigitte & Henning Freybe.

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Original Direction by AMON MIYAMOTO

AMON MIYAMOTO
ORIGINAL DIRECTOR

Tokyo, Japan

VO Début

Recent Appearances:
Pacific Overture with Roundabout Theatre Company, Broadway, New York
The Marriage of Figaro with Tokyo Nikikai Opera
La traviata with Tokyo Nikikai Opera
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion with Lincoln Center Festival, New York

Upcoming Engagements:
ISAMU NOGUGHI (World Premiere) with Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Tokyo
The Magic Flute with Landestheater Linz, Austria

Mr. Miyamoto is the Artistic Director of Kanagawa Arts Theatre in Tokyo, Japan.

Directed by PAUL PEERS

PAUL PEERS
DIRECTOR

New York City, NY

VO Début

Recent Appearances:
Die Zauberflöte with Utah Opera
I’ll Never See the Stars Again with ARTEK Ensemble, New York
La Voix Humaine Pocket Opera New York
Little Shop of Horrors with Adelaide College of Arts, Australia

Upcoming Engagements:
Resident Artist, Mata Hari Project (World Premiere) with HERE Arts Residency Program (HARP), New York.


Mr. Peers’s appearance is supported by a gift from Arlene Gladstone & Hamish Cameron.

More about Paul Peers

Seikyo CHENYE YUAN

CHENYE YUAN
BARITONE

Dalian, China

Last VO Appearance
Chou En-lai in Nixon in China, 2010

Recent Appearances:
Chou Hu in The Savage Land at the Beijing Music Festival
Amonasro in Aïda with New National Theatre, Tokyo
Chou En-lai in Nixon in China with San Francisco Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Nabucco at National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing Germont in La traviata at Shanghai Summer Music Festival and the Beijing Music Festival

Mr. Yuan’s appearance is supported by a gift from Mike & Kathy Gallagher.

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Lan NANCY ALLEN LUNDY

NANCY ALLEN LUNDY
SOPRANO

Crosslake, MN

VO Début

Recent Appearances:
Zina in A Dog’s Heart with Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Adele in Die Fledermaus with Hawaii Opera Theatre
Soloist, Let the Bright Seraphim (Handel) and Su le sponde del Tebro (Scarlatti) with Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra

Upcoming Engagements:
Water in Marco Polo with Bergen National Opera, Norway Gilda in Rigoletto with Phoenicia Festival of the Voice

Ms. Lundy’s appearance is supported by a gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous

More about Nancy Allen Lundy

Prince ROGER HONEYWELL

ROGER HONEYWELL
TENOR

Stratford, ON

Last VO Appearance
Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance, 2012

Recent Appearances:
Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Pittsburgh Opera
Cavaradossi in Tosca with Portland Opera and Forth Worth Opera Festival
Aegisth in Elektra with Chicago Lyric Opera
Antonio in The Tempest with Opéra de Québec

Upcoming Engagements:
Peter Grimes with the Des Moines Metro Opera
Captain Vere in Billy Budd with Santiago Opera, Chile

Mr. Honeywell’s appearance is supported by a gift from Drs. G. & M. Carlson.

More about Roger Honeywell

Emperor KIRK EICHELBERGER

KIRK EICHELBERGER
BASS

Sacramento, CA

Last VO Appearance
Sparafucile in Rigoletto, 2009

Recent Appearances:
Songs and Dances of Death (Mussorgsky) recital
Ferrando in Il trovatore with Kansas City Lyric Opera
Emperor in Tea: A Mirror of Soul with Opera Philadelphia
Mephistopheles in Faust with Opera Birmingham

Upcoming Engagements:
Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen (Mahler) recital
The Nose with The Metropolitan Opera


Mr. Eichelberger’s appearance is supported by a gift from donors who wish to remain anonymous.

More about Kirk Eichelberger

Lu NING LIANG

NING LIANG
MEZZO-SOPRANO

Beijing, China

VO Début

Recent Appearances:
Mescalina in Le grand macabre with Gran Teatre del Liceu
Juno in Semele with Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels
Suzuki in Madame Butterfly with Washington National Opera
Shaman in The First Emperor with The Metropolitan Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Madame Butterfly in Nice, France
3rd Symphony (Mahler) in Macao, China


Ms. Liang’s appearance is supported by a gift from Bruce and Lis Welch.

On-Stage Percussionist HARUKA FUJII

HARUKA FUJII
ON-STAGE PERCUSSIONIST

Tokyo, Japan

VO Début

Recent Appearances:
Percussionist, The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
Flexible Music Quartet, New York City
National tour with The Fujji Trio
Uzu and Muzu from Karamazu percussion concerto with City Music Cleveland Chamber Orchestra

Upcoming Engagements:
Percussionist, Feng Yi Ting at Luminato Festival, Toronto
Utari, percussion duet performance, Tokyo, Japan

On-Stage Percussionist CHIHIRO SHIBAYAMA

CHIHIRO SHIBAYAMA
ON-STAGE PERCUSSIONIST

Yokohama City, Japan

VO Début

Recent Appearances:
Percussionist, Radio City Christmas Spectacular
American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) recording, Joseph Byrd: NYC 1960- 1963
Percussionist, Ensemble Moto Perpeturo (EMP), New York City
Co-founder/Program coordinator, MuSE (Multicultural Sonic Evolution)

Upcoming Engagements:
Percussionist, GLANK
Percussion demonstrator/ performer, Very Young Composers

More about Chihiro Shibayama

On-Stage Percussionist YURI YAMASHITA

YURI YAMASHITA
ON-STAGE PERCUSSIONIST

Takarazuka, Japan

VO Début

Recent Appearances:
Percussion, Duran Duran’s See What Unfolds Live
Percussion Soloist, Tan Dun’s Water Percussion Concerto with Milwaukee Symphony
Percussion, Tyondai Braxton’s HIVE at Guggenheim Museum
Percussion, The Lion King on Broadway

Upcoming Engagements:
Percussion, Bang On A Can Marathon with Asphalt Orchestra
Principal Timpanist, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at The Hearts and Eyes Choir Concert at Carnegie Hall

Associate Conductor/Chorus Director LESLIE DALA

LESLIE DALA
ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR/CHORUS DIRECTOR

Toronto, ON

Last VO Appearance:
Conductor, The Magic Flute, 2013

Recent Appearances:
Verdi & Wagner Bicentennial Celebration with the Vancouver Bach Choir, UBC Opera ensemble and the Vancouver Symphony
Albert Herring with Pacific Opera Victoria
El Niño with Vancouver Bach Choir
Suor Angelica with Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI)

Upcoming Engagements:
Music for China, presented by Soundstreams Canada, with performances in Toronto, Taipei and Beijing
Mr. Dala is the Music Director of the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Music Director of the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony.

More about Leslie Dala

Scenery Designer RUMI MATSUI

RUMI MATSUI
SCENERY DESIGNER

Tokyo, Japan

VO Début

Recent Appearances:
Daphne with Tokyo Nikikai Opera
La traviata with Tokyo Nikikai Opera
Othello with Tokyo Nikikai Opera
Pacific Overture with Roundabout Theatre Company, Broadway, New York
Shun-Kin with Complicite and Setagaya Public Theatre, London

Costume Designer MASATOMO OTA

MASATOMO OTA
SCENERY DESIGNER

Tokyo, Japan

VO Début

Recent Appearances:
Kabuki Sakura Hime with Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon, Tokyo
Lady Sarashina with Opéra National de Lyon and Theatre National, France
L’Illusion Comique with New National Theatre, Tokyo

Lighting Designer DREW BILLIAU

DREW BILLIAU
LIGHTING DESIGNER

Philadelphia, PA

VO Début

Recent Appearances:
The Magic Flute with Opera Philadelphia
Henry V with Lantern Theatre
La bohème with Opera Philadelphia
Red Eye to Havre de Grace
Upcoming Engagements:
Bootycandy with Wilma Theatre
Beautiful Decay with Ballet X

More about Drew Billiau

Assistant Director RACHEL PEAKE

RACHEL PEAKE
Assistant Director

Vancouver, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Assistant Director, La bohème, 2012

Recent Appearances:
Director, Let’s Make an Opera!/The Little Sweep with Pacific Opera Victoria and The Belfry Theatre
Director, Play With Monsters with Solo Collective Theatre
Director, Le Portrait Gooble with Théâtre la Seizième
Assistant Director, Wanderlust with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival

Upcoming Engagements:
Director, Kayak with Alley Theatre and the rEvolver Festival
Director, Carmen and >em>Revolution with Gros Morne Summer Music, Newfoundland

More about Rachel Peake

Lan (Understudy) RACHEL FENLON

RACHEL FENLON
Lan (Understudy)

Victoria, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Pamina in The Magic Flute, 2013

Recent Appearances:
Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Vancouver Opera
Soloist, Messiah (Handel) with Victoria Symphony
Finalist, Canadian Opera Company’s Inaugural Ensemble Studio Competition
Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore with Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI)

Upcoming Engagements:
Nannetta in Falstaff with Pacific Opera Victoria
Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Vancouver Opera

Ms. Fenlon is a member of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program.

Seikyo (Understudy) AARON DURAND

AARON DURAND
Seikyo (Understudy)

100 Mile House, BC

Last VO Appearance:
The Speaker in The Magic Flute, 2013

Recent Appearances:
Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance with Vancouver Opera
Soloist, Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven) with Vancouver Academy Orchestra
Schaunard in La bohème with Vancouver Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Javan in When the Sun Comes Out with Queer Arts Festival
Sid in Albert Herring with Vancouver Opera

Mr. Durand is a member of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program.

Prince (Understudy) MARTIN SADD

MARTIN SADD
Prince (Understudy)

Victoria, BC

Last VO Appearance:
seyem in The Magic Flute, 2013

Recent Appearances:
Rodolfo in La bohème with Burnaby Lyric Opera
Messenger in Äida with Calgary Opera
Messiah (Handel) with Victoria Symphony Orchestra
Rinuccio with Burnaby Lyric Opera

Mr. Sadd is a member of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program.

Lu (Understudy) SYLVIA SZADOVSZKI

SYLVIA SZADOVSZKI
Lu (Understudy)

Vancouver, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Papgena in The Magic Flute, 2013

Recent Appearances:
Kate in The Pirates of Penzance with Vancouver Opera
Rosina in Der Barbier von Sevilla with Theater Hof, Germany
Mercedes in Carmen with Pacific Opera Victoria
Hansel in Hansel & Gretel with Vancouver Opera In Schools

Upcoming Engagements:
Nancy in Albert Herring with Vancouver Opera

Ms. Szadovszki is a member of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program.

Principal Répétiteur/Assistant Chorus Director KINZA TYRRELL

KINZA TYRRELL
Principal Répétiteur/Assistant Chorus Director

Victoria, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Chorus Director/Associate Conductor in The Magic Flute, 2013

Recent Appearances:
Piano Soloist, The Four Temperaments (Hindemith) with Edmonton Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic
Conductor, Le nozze di Figaro with Vancouver Summer Opera Studio
Piano Soloist, Les Noces with Vancouver Bach Choir
L’amour de loin with Canadian Opera Company

Upcoming Engagements:
Diction Specialist, Opera Nuova
Music Director, Tom Pinkerton – The Ballad of Butterfly’s Son with Touchstone Theatre’s ‘In-Tune’ conferencea

Dr. Tyrrell is the Music Director of Vancouver Opera In Schools and Vancouver Summer Opera Studio, and Répétiteur at Opera Nuova, COSI Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, and Opera As Theatre at The Banff Centre.

Stage Manager SHEILA MUNN

SHEILA MUNN
Stage Manager

Vancouver, BC

Last VO Appearance:
The Pirates of Penzance, 2013

Recent Appearances:
Dialogues des Carmélites, The Merry Widow and Albert Herring with UBC Opera Ensemble
La bohème, Äida, The Barber of Seville, Roméo et Juliette, La traviata, La clemenza di Tito, Lucia di Lammermoor, Lillian Alling, Madama Butterfly, The Marriage of Figaro, Nixon in China, Norma, Salome, Rigoletto, Carmen, Eugene Onegin, La bohème, Fidelio, The Italian Girl in Algiers, Cavalleria rusticana/I pagliacci, Tosca, Ariadne auf Naxos, The Magic Flute and Macbeth with Vancouver Opera.

Ms. Munn is pleased to be joined by Assistant Stage Managers Theresa Tsang and Beth Grieve and Apprentice Stage Manager Belle Cheung.


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Watch Scenes from Tea: A Mirror of Soul

Watch Scenes from Tea: A Mirror of Soul

Watch Scenes from Tea: A Mirror of Soul

Watch scenes from Tea: A Mirror of Soul


The Cast of Tea


Director Paul Peers, ChenYe Yuan (Seikyo), Nancy Allen Lundy (Lan) & Roger Honeywell (Prince)


Jonathan Darlington on Tea

VO's Music Director and conductor Jonathan Darlington talks about Tea: A Mirror of Soul

VO's Music Director and conductor Jonathan Darlington talks about Tea: A Mirror of Soul


Jonathan Darlington on Tea: Part 2

Jonathan Darlington on Tea: Part 2

VO's Music Director Jonathan Darlington continues his talk about Tea

VO's Music Director continues his talk about Tea