Hong Kong Opera ‘Mila’ To Make North American Premiere

By Francisco Salazar

Mila, an original chamber opera, is set to make its North American premiere.

The 70-minute one-act opera in four scenes was composed by American-born composer Eli Marshall, written by prominent Hong Kong playwright Candace Chong Mui Ngam and will be directed by Chu Hei Chan, and conducted by music director Neal Goren leading the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.

The performance is set to be performed in English, Cantonese, and Tagalog by a cast of performers from Hong Kong, Manila, and the United States including Amanda Li, Joseph Beutel, Joanne Shao, and Stefanie Quintin.

The Chamber Opera, about the cultural richness and diversity of Hong Kong, played in a sold-out four-night run at Asia Society Hong Kong Center and is now set to be performed in North America in conjunction with Asia Society New York and San Francisco.

In a press release S. Alice Mong, Executive Director of Asia Society Hong Kong Center said, “This original chamber opera is part of our mission to provide a platform for local talents to collaborate with seasoned international artists in creating new and innovative works. It celebrates the coming of age of Hong Kong’s growing pool of creative talents while also examining and raising awareness of some of its unique social issues. We are proud to be sharing this creation with our fellow Asia Society chapters.”

Performances are set to take place at the Angel Orensanz Center in New York City on Dec. 7) and the Wilsey Center for Opera in San Francisco in Dec. 12, 2019.