By Aria Umezawa
Earlier than you see Turandot dwell on the Ellie Caulkins Opera Home this Might, hear extra from the Director, Aria Umezawa.
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THE POWER OF WORDS
Philosophers, linguists, and anthropologists have lengthy debated the connection between language, understanding, and actuality. For many who view language as shaping our understanding of actuality, the act of naming has a semi-mystical significance, as within the saying, “the naming energy of the phrase.” Plato’s writing has been significantly influential on this subject. In his dialogue Cratylus, Plato explores the connection between phrases and actuality, arguing that names have particular energy as a result of they don’t seem to be arbitrary, however based mostly on a basic relationship between a phrase and the factor it represents. A reputation shouldn’t be merely a label however one thing that connects us to the essence of the factor itself.
When the eponymous princess of Puccini’s Turandot finds herself at her most powerless, it’s a title that provides salvation. Buying it provides her the company to form her future, and the way forward for her kingdom. This title additionally provides her perception into the essence of the particular person it belongs to— the prince who gave it to her regardless of the chance its discovery poses to his life.
Puccini clearly understood the facility of naming issues, and the essential function the act of naming has in shaping our understanding of the world. I’d be remiss if I didn’t title an essential ingredient of this work and this manufacturing.
MAKING PROGRESS WITH TURANDOT
Since Turandot first premiered, the Chinese language, in addition to members of the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities throughout North America, have largely rejected this opera for its racist stereotyping and orientalist portrayal of Chinese language tradition.
Whereas these of us who love and admire Puccini’s work would possibly want to overlook this ingredient of the opera, for lots of the individuals whose tradition is supposedly represented on this stage, this opera is a painful reminder of the discrimination they’ve confronted and proceed to face of their day-to-day lives. We have now completed our greatest to mitigate the hurt of this manufacturing and to seek out alternatives to raise up the voices of these affected, however there’s extra work to be completed. My hope is that this manufacturing serves as a primary step.
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