“but in the outside world, that opera probably would have cost a million or more. We get by because there is no union labor, and the average rate we pay students is not what you would find in the professional world.”
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P.Q. Phan has always been passionate about chèo (traditional Vietnamese theater). His study led him to believe that of all Vietnamese chèo stories, Quan Âm Thị Kính (a story about the Vietnamese female Buddha) is a true cultural gem. From this realization he nourished the idea of writing an opera based on this story of Thị Kính.
Anyone who is learning to appreciate the “new language” of new music will speed up their music appreciation course by talking to Claude Baker. He talks to you about music composition in terms you can easily relate to, regardless of your profession.