牡丹亭 (The Peony Pavilion) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

I first read about the staging of “The Peony Pavilion” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from an article on NPR. The original opera can take roughly 22 hours. This adaptation focuses on the love story and takes roughly one hour. An archived video of the livestream of The Peony Pavilion can be seen on the museum website. The video has English subtitles. I wish there were Chinese subtitles as well since I find it hard to grasp the words in opera. I do not think this is a characteristic of Chinese operas – it is difficult to understand words when they can be held in any length to match music. I did like watching the movements of the actors, especially their hands and footsteps.

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