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Monkey | White Snake Projects

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Emerson’s Paramount Center Theater, 559 Washington St, Boston

MONKEY, A Kung Fu Puppet Parable, is a family friendly transmedia opera combining Bunraku puppetry, computer generated images, and live opera. MONKEY is based on the Chinese quest saga, “Journey to the West,” rewritten to reflect contemporary issues from the multicultural mosaic of American life. Besides the two fundamental operatic elements of text and music, the three main characters - Monkey, Pig (Zhu), and Sandwoman (Sha) - are life sized Bunraku puppets. MONKEY delves into the world of computer generated technology through the use of CGI environs and avatars. Live singers on stage will be the voices of the puppets and avatars.

Chuanyuan plays the title role in this innovative production of world premiere.

Bel Canto | Aspen Opera Theater

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Benedict Music Tent

Based on Ann Patchett’s award-winning novel, Jimmy López Bellido’s opera Bel Canto depicts how something truly beautiful can spring from chaos and terror. With a principal role loosely inspired by noted soprano Renée Fleming who championed the work, the opera tells the story of what happens when a gathering of international dignitaries at Peru’s vice-presidential mansion turns into a hostage situation. Music becomes the universal language of this riveting story of humanity and redemption, inspired by real-life events. The Chicago Sun-Times has called Bellido "one of the most interesting young composers anywhere today."

Chuanyuan will debut the role of César.

Chuanyuan joins 19 other opera singers who have won regional auditions across the United States, Canada, and Mexico to compete in the semifinal round of the Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition on Monday, April 17, beginning at 10AM ET. The semifinal competition, held on the Met stage before a panel of judges and available for public viewing via livestream, will determine the finalists who will advance to the Grand Finals Concert on Sunday, April 23, at 3PM ET.

Orpheus & Erica: a Deaf opera featuring Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice & a new play in ASL by Miriam Gordon-Stewart with Willy Conley & poetry by Gregory Orr

Co-directed by Alek Lev & Miriam Gordon-Stewart, conducted by Christine Brandes, with the UVA Chamber Singers led by Chorusmaster Michael Slon

Chuanyuan plays the role of Amore and covers the role of Orfeo.

Agrippina | CCM Opera

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Cohen Family Studio Theater, University of Cincinnati

Brian McCann, conductor, Alison Pogorelc, director

Machinations, mind games and unabashed ambitions are rampant in the court of Claudius, Emperor of Rome. No one is more adept at manipulating the political lackeys than his clever wife, Agrippina, sister of the emperor Claudius overthrew. Power-hungry and keen on revenge, Agrippina will stab just about anyone in the back to get what she wants — her son Nero seated on the throne. When Claudius names his favorite general as his successor, Agrippina will have to play her cards just right. Considered Handel’s earliest masterpiece, sex, intrigue and sharp humor fuel this biting political satire.

Chuanyuan plays the role of Ottone in CCM Opera's production of Handel's Agrippina.

Ariodante | Pittsburgh Opera

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Pittsburgh CAPA School Theater

Music by George Frideric Handel, with a libretto based on a work by Antonio Salvi • January 21, 24, 27 & 29, 2023

Chuanyuan Liu returns to Pittsburgh Opera for their 2023 production of Ariodante, playing the role of Polinesso.

Antony Walker conducts, Crystal Manich directs.

M. Butterfly | Santa Fe Opera

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Santa Fe Opera, 301 Opera Drive, Santa Fe, NM


René Gallimard, a civil servant at the French embassy in Beijing, falls in love with a beautiful Chinese opera singer named Song Liling. Song holds two shocking secrets, both of which eventually bring Gallimard professional and personal ruin.

David Henry Hwang’s Broadway smash hit is transformed into operatic form in collaboration with composer Huang Ruo. Don’t miss James Robinson’s gripping production that captures both the driving pulse and the lyricism of the music and reveals the blurred lines between fantasy and reality at the heart of this true story.

Chuanyuan will cover the leading role of Song Liling in this highly anticipated world premiere production.

IN A GROVE | Pittsburgh Opera | Video Premiere

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In A Grove Full Video:

If you missed our world premiere run this past February, this is your chance to see what onStage Pittsburgh calls the "an all round, world-class collaboration," and what the Wall Street Journal dubs "alluring and dramatically hypnotic."

Music by Christopher Cerrone, libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann, based on the short story by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa. Antony Walker conducts; Mary Birnbaum directs.

That Night With The Green Sky | a short film

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A tribute to AAPI Heritage Month and a reflection on Asian targeted hate crimes since the outburst of COVID-19.

That Night With The Green Sky, from “I Will Learn to Love a Person” by Christopher Cerrone, Tao Lin | Performed by Chuanyuan Liu, countertenor; Caleb Glickman, piano | Starring Veronica Mak | Written and Directed by Chuanyuan Liu| Edited by Malcolm Hillman | Photography by Remee Ashley, Chuanyuan Liu

Galileo Galilei | CCM Opera

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Patricia Corbett Theater, University of Cincinnati

An Opera by Philip Glass; Libretto by Mary Zimmerman

Aik Khai Pung, conductor; Greg Eldridge, director

As Galileo nears the end of his life, he reflects on the major milestones that defined him and his legacy – his trial for heresy, his scientific discoveries and the loss of his beloved daughter. Drawn from the letters and publications of one of history’s greatest minds, this opera journeys through the life of the father of modern astronomy, offering a complex meditation on the intertwining of art and science and the cyclical nature of existence.

Chuanyuan debuts at CCM Opera for this double casted production as Cardinal 1/Oracle 1 on Friday, Apr 1st at 7:30 pm and Sunday, Apr 3rd at 2:00 pm.

The Hours | The Philadelphia Orchestra

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Verizon Hall | The Kimmel Center, 1500 Walnut St #17th, Philadelphia, PA


The Hours, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Michael Cunningham and an award-winning film, chronicles a day in the life of three women from three different eras with interwoven stories connected to Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway. Though separated through time by nearly 80 years, Virginia Woolf, Laura Brown, and Clarissa Vaughan (a modern-day Mrs. Dalloway herself) struggle with the notion of living their lives for someone else.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestra, joined by a brilliant cast, bring this compelling story to life on the Verizon Hall stage.

IN A GROVE | Pittsburgh Opera

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George R. White Opera Studio, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters, 2425 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222


A silent, expectant grove. A violent encounter between a man, a woman, and a notorious brigand.

Seven testimonies, each proposing a different perspective on the crime. Akutagawa’s classic short story “In a Grove,” which inspired the plot of Kurosawa’s renowned film Rashomon, offers a searing investigation into the impossibility and elusiveness of truth.

Music by Christopher Cerrone, libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann, based on the short story by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa. Antony Walker conducts; Mary Birnbaum directs.

Six performances: February 19, 22, 25, 27, March 1 & 3, 2022