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Upcoming Lecture



SpeakerBen Wang
Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm


Set for the Show: A Pre-Performance Lecture on

Zhang Huoding, Reigning Queen of Beijing Opera

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This September (2nd and 3rd), New York will see a production of two grand Beijing operas at the David Koch Theater of Lincoln Center. Both operas, “The Legend of the White Snake” and “The Jewelry Pouch,” will feature China’s great Zhang Huoding, the reigning queen of Beijing opera, giving her first performances in the U.S. The two leading parts of the operas in which Mme. Zhang stars are two of her signature roles.   


Blessed with a beautiful and expressive face, a voice that suggests a union of the finest clarinet and violin, and a body that moves in dance with gracefulness and style, Mme. Zhang glows as a sublime artist who brings interpretive subtlety, dexterous musicianship, and high dance technique to the different roles she brilliantly portrays.  Peerless among her peers, Mme. Zhang will mark as the most distinguished representative of Beijing Opera to visit N.Y. since the legendary master Mei Lanfang in 1930.


The Renwen Society at China Institute and The Confucius Institute for Business at the State University of New York jointly present a pre-lecture on the artistry of Mme. Zhang and the two selected operas. The speaker is Mr. Ben Wang, the eminent Beijing Opera and Kunqu scholar and specialist.


Date and time: Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Lecture: 6:00-7:30 pm

Reception: 7:30-8:00 pm


Location: SUNY Global Center, 116 East  55th Street, New York, NY


Free. Space is LIMITED and Advanced Registration is Required.


Online Registration: Go to https://secure.jotformpro.com/confucius/program-offerings, select register, check event name, complete the registration form, then press submit.

For more information, please contact Dr. Wenhong Dai at dai.wenhong@suny.edu or call 212-317-3518


Show Time at David Koch Theater:

September 2, 2015, 8 pm: The Legend of the White Snake

September 3, 2015 8 pm: The Jewelry Pouch

Call 212-496-0600 for ticket information.


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