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  • Damon Albarn Opera Readies U.S. Premiere

    Wed, 07 May 2008 16:16:01

    Damon Albarn Opera Readies U.S. Premiere - With real actors, not cartoons

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    Monkey: Journey to the West—an opera produced by Damon Albarn of Blur, Gorillaz artist Jamie Hewlett, and director Chen Shi-Zheng—will celebrate its U.S. premiere on May 22 at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.

    The show is an adaptation of an ancient Chinese legend that involes a "Monkey King" and his revolt against heaven. It'll run 18 times between May 23 and June 8 before opening at London's Royal Opera House two months later. Manchester held Monkey's first performances last year.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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