Multi-disciplinary opera shows the Chinese precursor of the Cinderella fairy tale
Alex Ho, Julia Cheng en Muziektheater Transparant (UK/BE)
Cinderella, one of the best-known European fairy-tales, was probably put in writing for the first time by the Italian author Giambattista Basile in the 17th century. However, it is a version of a much older narrative that we find in various cultures throughout history. For instance, a story called Ye Xian from the Tang Dynasty that was recorded in the early ninth century. The multidisciplinary opera Untold presents this Chinese precursor of Cinderella in a contemporary classical multicultural setting using music and movement.
The original Chinese tale has a familiar narrative arc whereas Untold adds new plot twists as well as contemporary classical music, movement, and Chinese as well as western instruments. A gripping performance that fuses various genres, art forms, and cultures.
Untold is part of the O. urban project Dit is Rotterdam, which was awarded the Fedora Opera Prize 2023.
“The composer Alex Ho is an up-and-coming talent in the world of classical music. Untold strikes a perfect balance between eastern and western music.” – Guy Coolen, artistic director O.
concept: Julia Cheng, Alex Ho, composition, musical direction: Alex Ho, direction, choreography: Julia Cheng, Ye Xian adaptation: Chua Ortiga, dramaturgy: Elayce Ismail, light design: Peter Quasters, costume design: Irina Shaposhnikova, costume assistant: Sabrina Seifried, sound design: Bart Celis, creative consultant: Aïda Gabriëls, percussion: Joanne Chiang, dancer: Jasmine Chiu, Yangqin: Mantawoman, countertenor: Keith Pun, flute: Daniel Shao, piano: Alex Ho, set design: Peter Quasters, additional text: Julia Cheng, Joanne Chiang, Jasmine Chiu, Alex Ho, Elayce Ismail, Mantawoman, Keith Pun, Daniel Shao, general technics: Pieter Jan Buelens, Patrick Caers, intern technician: Lars Hollemeers, production manager: Annik Laruelle, production: Muziektheater Transparant & Alex Ho, coproduction: Perpodium, O., in collaboration with: Concertgebouw Brugge, with the support of Fedora Platform And The Silver Company, Britten Pears Arts, Prs Foundation, Rps Drummond Fund, Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government and Cronos Invest
O. is co-producer of Untold