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Santa Fe Opera presenting work by Chinese composer

Associated Press Published: August 17, 2012

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe Opera has announced its 2014 season will feature the American premiere of a work by Chinese-born composer Huang Ruo.

His opera, "Dr. Sun Yat-Sen," is about the leader of China's revolution that overthrew the monarchy in 1911 and established a republic.

In making Thursday's announcement, Opera General Director Charles MacKay said Huang's "music is exotic and distinctive, with a lovely lyrical quality which makes it very approachable for the voice."

The composer lives in the United States. The opera had its world premiere in Hong Kong last year and parts of it have been performed in New York.

The title role will be sung by tenor Warren Mok. The three-act opera will replace Judith Weir's "Miss Fortune," which has been cancelled for the 2014 season.