Mixed Doubles! (S9 | E383)
ft. Ana María Martínez, Kiera Duffy, Christian Van Horn, & Will Liverman
We launch our ninth season of Opera Box Score with the same fervor as the NFL, with a full slate of news, interviews, and insights. In anticipation of Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O Oliver sits down with four stars of upcoming productions. And we fearlessly dive into the controversies around the David Daniels-related article and posts in Opera Wire.
[@ 7 min] Season 9 of the OBS begins with a mixed doubles ‘Inside the Huddle’ when FOUR artists join us to preview Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O23…
[@ 57 min] Plus, in the ‘Two Minute Drill’… It’s Ying Fang. YING. FANG. Not WANG FAN…
Inside the Huddle [@minute 7]
Chinese opera singer sparks fury after performing in bombed Ukrainian theater
Chinese opera singer Wang Fan has sparked a diplomatic row after she was filmed singing the Soviet war song “Katyusha” inside the Mariupol Drama Theater in Ukraine where hundreds were killed last year.
Wang was part of a group of Chinese bloggers visiting the occupied Ukrainian city.
“Katyusha” is a Soviet-era folk song that gained popularity during World War II, calling on the population to serve and defend their land.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused the group of violating its state borders.
“The performance of the song “Katyusha” by Chinese ‘opera singer’ Wang Fan on the ruins of the Mariupol Drama Theater, where the Russian army killed more than 600 innocent people, is an example of complete moral degradation,” spokesman for the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Oleg Nikolenko said in a Facebook statement Friday.
Read the rest at CNN
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