14 Jan 2011

Ghost Opera & A Chinese Home


By Peter McCallum [Sydney Morning Herald, 14 January 2011]

GHOST OPERA is not an opera in any normal use of the term but an evocative name for a theatrically presented Quintet for Strings and Pipa (which doesn't quite have the same ring). More to the point, it is an example of the fondness of the composer Tan Dun for bringing playful and imaginative theatrical dimensions to concert works, and of the Kronos Quartet's unique capacity to realise such boundary-pushing.