Sunday, June 04, 2023
June Classical Music Overload in SF
While watching the cruel story, I remembered a speech from the 1986 play M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang where the Chinese opera singer deconstructs the opera for their French diplomat lover: "What would you say if a blonde homecoming queen fell in love with a short Japanese businessman? He treats her cruelly, then goes home for three years, during which time she prays to his picture and turns down marriage from a young Kennedy. Then, when she learns he has remarried, she kills herself. Now, I believe you would consider this girl to be a deranged idiot, correct? But it's an Oriental who kills herself for a Westerner -- ah! -- you find it beautiful!"