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Journey to the West – Book Launch by Melanie Ho
October 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Dante Alighieri Society in Hong Kong and Bellissima Italia are proud to host the launch of the book: “Journey to the West” by Melanie Ho. “Journey to the west” is a short biography of He Hui, arguably the most successful Western opera singer to come out of China.
The soprano He Hui is known for her roles in Madama Butterfly, Tosca and Aida. She has sung at the world’s leading opera houses—making history as the first Chinese woman to sing Tosca at La Scala and Aida at New York’s Metropolitan—but He Hui’s story begins in her hometown of Xi’an, China, where she began studying music for the first time as an 18-year old at the prestigious Conservatory of Music.
As she has made her journey west to Verona, her adopted Italian home in the ultimate of Silk Road stories, He Hui has, along the way, encountered a number of successes and challenges. From her second-place finish in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition and her debut as Tosca in the notoriously difficult opera city of Parma to learning Italian by living, breathing and experiencing life in Verona, He Hui’s journey has been one of East meeting West and of East and West living alongside each other.
Refreshment will be offered and great Italian wines will be kindly sponsored by Valdivia
Don’t miss It!
Date and Time: 27 Oct 2017 – from 19:00 (Remarks from the author Melanie Ho at 19:30)
Place: Comitato della Dante Alighieri di Hong Kong Ltd
1/F, Honest Building 9 – 11 Leighton Road Causeway Bay Hong Kong