Anson Lam (centre) and Yanyu Guo (right) in Carolyn Choa's chamber opera production Beauty and Sadness, based on a novel by Japanese Nobel Prize-winning author Yasunari Kawabata. Photo: Max/Moon 9 Image

Chamber opera based on Yasunari Kawabata novel Beauty and Sadness is admirably concise

  • Challenge in adapting Nobel laureate’s story of a writer’s reunion with a much younger woman he had an affair with many years ago is what book leaves unsaid
  • Carolyn Choa’s opera reduces writer to a non-speaking role and gives the meatiest roles to the woman and her protégée
Topic |   Performing arts in Hong Kong

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Anson Lam (centre) and Yanyu Guo (right) in Carolyn Choa's chamber opera production Beauty and Sadness, based on a novel by Japanese Nobel Prize-winning author Yasunari Kawabata. Photo: Max/Moon 9 Image
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