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USA, 2012, 87 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Art/Filmmaking, Music
Program: DocumentaryLanguage: English
DIRECTOR: Allan Miller
Producer: Eve KrzyzanowskiEditor: Mary Ann TomanCinematographer: Nyika Jancsó
In 1983, Hao Jiang Tian, born in Maoist China, traveled to Denver to pursue his dream of a career singing Western-style opera. Nearly 30 years later, Tian returned to Beijing with a group of 20 young opera singers from around the world, to train them to sing in the difficult tonal language of Mandarin. This heartwarming documentary, by double Academy Award-winning filmmaker Allan Miller, chronicles the efforts of Tian and his team of coaches and master teachers from New York’s Metropolitan Opera and top music conservatories in China, as they lead these talented young people on their historic journey to become the first-ever Western singers trained in Mandarin. The film captures the emotional, cultural, personal and artistic challenges that lead to the climactic ending as the group takes the stage at China’s premier concert venue, The National Centre for the Performing Arts, to perform to an all-Chinese audience. It is fitting that this captivating film debuts in Denver, as it is in this city that Tian, who studied at the University of Denver, began his journey in the West.
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