➡︎ NANNAN is Wang Jie's prototype exercise in opera composition.
Please visit Farewell My Concubine for the targeted project. ⬅︎
On the eve of the Chinese Communist Revolution in 1948, NANNAN tells the story of a barren wife in a noble household who is soon deemed undesirable and replaced by a concubine.
SINGERS AND ORCHESTRA (2222, 4231, TIMP, 3 PERC, HP, & STRINGS)
MUSIC AND LIBRETTO BY WANG JIE. BASE ON A SHORT STORY BY WANG JIE.
DURATION: 2 HOURS (30 MIN COMPLETED)
Nannan, Dramatic Soprano – a young lady in her late 20s, Master’s first wife, Minshen’s childhood friend
Minshen, Tenor – a gentleman in his late 20s, Master’s younger brother, who just graduated from college and returned home from London.
Lumei, Light Lyric Soprano – a young and attractive opera singer, married to the Master as concubine.
Master, Bass-Baritone – the head of the noble family, Nannan’s husband, who inherited major wealth from his deceased parents.
The Maid, Mezzo-Soprano – a 32-year-old uneducated lady.
The Missionary, Bass-Baritone – a foreigner in his late 40s.
The Steward on the ship, Baritone – a 40-year-old man.
Servants/Street Crowd/Pier Crowd, SATB: 36 voices