Opera/Musical Theater

Feng Yi Ting

When: Sun., May 27, 8 p.m., Tue., May 29, 8 p.m., Fri., June 1, 8 p.m., Mon., June 4, 8 p.m. and Thu., June 7, 8 p.m. 2012

Indie film poster boy Atom Egoyan directs. Remember Exotica? Oscar bait The Sweet Hereafter? Or 2009's sexy thriller Chloe with Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried? Yeah, that Atom Egoyan, he of the Harry Potter glasses.

Don't expect The Peony Pavilion. Although Feng Yi Ting means "phoenix pavilion," which is where all the action in this short but sharp opera is set, it's as different as different can be from the epic 18-hour Pavilion that was the tentpole for the 2004 festival. Look for oodles of modern touches, including extemporaneous video projections, modern costumes, and a contemporary score.

Invest in the future. As we're all very probably going to be speaking Chinese in a couple of decades, perhaps it's a good idea to start boning up now on your ancient Chinese history. Feng Yi Ting is snatched from one of China's oldest and most popular historical novels, the gargantuan Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

Patrick Sharbaugh

Price: $25-$80


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