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Libretto and Music by Wang Jie

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" turns whimsical, campy, tragic, haunting" - Jay Nordlinger, The New Criterion (Dec. 2010)

Now in development in cooperation with Festival Opera, Rated R for Rat tells of the time when the original thirteen Zodiac Animals were downsized to the twelve we know today. Expanded from Jie's previous chamber opera, From the Other Sky, Rated R for Rat is the campy, whimsical and evocative story of how the Thirteenth Zodiac Goddess experiences human compassion for the first time, and loses her place in the heavens to share her musical powers with humankind. With both music and libretto by the composer, Rated R for Rat will be sung in English.

Commissioned by American Opera Projects, through Opera America Female Composers Commissioning Grant, made possible through the generosity of The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Developed in association with Festival Opera. World premiere production by Festival Opera in 2017.

"From the Other Sky" was commissioned by American Composers Orchestra/Mr. Paul Underwood and first premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2010. Banner image by Liu Yuanshou.

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wangjieWANG JIE
(composer, librettist)
Part cartoon character, part virtuoso, musical whiz kid WANG JIE has spent the last decade nudging serious music and its concert audiences into spectacular frontiers. One day she spins a few notes into large symphonic forms, the next she calls grotesque Zodiac animals to the opera stage. She'll even tempt comedy writer Paul Simms to help her coax belly laughs from an otherwise sedate Opera America audience with “Lord? Please Don’t Let Me Die in a Funny Way”. Her stylistic versatility is a rare trait in today's composers. Most recently, her SYMPHONY NO.2, commissioned and premiered by Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin was streamed live to a worldwide audience. The showcase of her tragic opera NANNAN by New York City Opera's VOX led to the production of her chamber opera FLOWN, commissioned and produced by Music-Theatre Group. Having won the Underwood Composers Commission, her concert opera "From the Other Sky" was the centerpiece of the American Composers Orchestra's season opening concert at Carnegie Hall. Jie holds honors from ASCAP, American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Koussevitzky Foundation in the Library of Congress, NYU, Opera America, among others.

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January 19, 2017 - BROADWAYWORLD
Workshop review: "A Funny Thing - or Not - Happened on the Way to the Opera House"

February 10, 2015 - BROADWAY WORLD
Press release: "AOP Receives Opera America Grant to Commission Wang Jie's New Opera"

December 2010 - NEW CRITERION
Concert review: "From the Other Sky"

October 18, 2010 - THE NEW YORK TIMES
Concert review: "From the Other Sky"

October 15, 2010 - CLASSICALSOURCE.COM
Concert review: "From the Other Sky"

October 13, 2010 - THEATRE OF FOUND SOUNDS
Composer interview: "Interview with composer Wang Jie"

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January 13, 2017
Excerpts from Opera
Town Hall, New York, NY
Presented at OPERA America New Works Sampler by OPERA America and AOP

October 9, 2016
First Chance Opera Workshop
Osher Salon of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, CA
Presented by AOP and Festival Opera

March 18, 2016
Excerpts from the Opera
South Oxford Space, 138 S. Oxford St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
Presented by AOP
Mary Mackenzie, soprano


October 15, 2010
Concert performance of "From the Other Sky"
Presented by American Composers Orchestra
George Manahan, Music Director and Conductor

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