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Journey to the West

He Hui: a Chinese soprano in the world of Italian opera

by Melanie Ho
Available from 20 October 2017

The first biography of China's first prima donna
Arguably the most successful Western opera singer to come out of China, soprano He Hui’s story begins in her hometown of Xi’an, China, where she began studying music for the first time as an 18-year old at the prestigious Conservatory of Music. As she has made her journey west to Verona, her adopted Italian home in the ultimate of Silk Road stories, He Hui has, along the way, encountered a number of successes and challenges.  From her second-place finish in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition and her debut as Tosca in the notoriously difficult opera city of Parma to learning Italian by living, breathing and experiencing life in Verona, He Hui’s journey has been one of East meeting West and of East and West living alongside each other

Journey to the West is available from the Met Opera Shop,  Amazon, Book Depository and other leading booksellers. Journey to the West is published by Abbreviated Press.