Shanghai Yue Opera to Perform at Marywood

Published on Fri, August 26, 2011

Telling the story of two tragic lovers, Butterfly’s Love is a traditional Chinese opera with modern appeal. The opera is set more than 1,500 years ago, and it is often regarded as the Chinese equivalent of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Butterfly’s Love has been performed all over the world and has been made into several foreign films. And now, the opera is coming to an unlikely destination: Scranton.

The award-winning Shanghai Yue Opera ensemble will perform Butterfly’s Love on Saturday, September 10, at 7:30pm, in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Marywood University. Admission is free for the public.

Fred David Romines, Director of Bands at Marywood University, who is helping to facilitate the event, looks forward to welcoming the Chinese performers and dignitaries to campus. “I am extremely excited that the Marywood community has the opportunity to share this opera with the Greater Scranton Area,” Romines says. “Bringing the opera to the area has been a collaborative effort between the university and the U.S.–China Cultural and Educational Foundation as a gift to the community.”

To preserve tradition, the Shanghai Yue Opera performs authentic Chinese folk stories and melodies, and uses traditional instruments and costumes in its performances. For that reason, the Chinese Yue Opera developed over 1,000 years ago in the southeastern regions of what is today China.

The show will be performed in Chinese, accompanied by English subtitles.