Thursday, October 06, 2005
The Chinese National Opera presents a a work by Fung Tin Him on a rare cardboard disc from 1898 found in a old disused Noodle Straightening parlour in Shangkai. This is the story of May Fang who is forced into and unholy alliance with a chop stick salesman called Won Flat Ho. They travel the far provinces of Fleng Dweng in a rickhsaw made of old reconstituted rice pudding tins and its about their adventures- gathering birds nests and flannel leg warmers and the ultimate sacrifice they have to make in the wake of the Flakkit Ching Uprising of 1904. Here is a small sample of the opening aria. Find it HERE.