~ to further your understanding of Pacific, Asian & World cultures by KCC students and Scholars ~
Cantonese Opera: lecture & performance by Polly Nakamura (Nov. 15, 2002)
The opera, "The Princess"
is among our classics. It tells that story of a Ming
Dynasty princess who after her parents' death by betrayal, promises to properly honor their bodies and must then kill herself. The man to whom she is engaged promises to kill himself too on the night of their wedding. This song
reflects the deep mixed emotions of loyalty, love, and guilt involved in the keeping of these promises. (by Polly Nakamura)