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By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 5, 2010

OPERA BOSTON | While we're waiting for its April production of Offenbach's witty military satire, La grande-duchessede Gérolstein, Boston's most adventurous opera company is involved in a daring project: the world premiere of its first commissioned opera, Madame White Snake, by Chinese-born composer Zhou Long. The libretto is based on a Chinese legend about an otherworldly creature's doomed love for a human being (shades of Ondine and Rusalka). Conducted by Opera Boston's Gil Rose, staged by former ART director Robert Woodruff, and featuring the celebrated male soprano Michael Miniaci and, in the title role, the glamorous Chinese soprano Ying Huang (Pamina in the Metropolitan Opera's Die Zauberflöte), it will be sung in English with English and Chinese subtitles, at the Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St, Boston | February 26, 28; March 2 | $29–$132 | 617.451.3388 or www.operaboston.org.


Editor's Note: In the Boston Symphony Orchestra write-up Pierre-Laurant Aimard was misidentified as Jean Pierre Aimard. The correction has been made above.

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