Artistic Team

Zhou Long, Composer

Zhou Long, Madame White Snake’s renowned Chinese-American composer, was recently cited in the New York Times article, “Increasingly in the West, the Players Are From the East” as one of the leading Chinese composers charged with “injecting a new vitality into the American classical music scene.” (New York Times, April 4, 2007) Read full biography...

Cerise Lim Jacobs, Creator and Librettist

From the deepest wellspring of the creator’s childhood memories emerges Madame White Snake, the iconic metaphor for an indomitable spirit who shatters all conventions to snatch love for an instant - before losing it all. The White Snake reaches for her dream knowing she is defying destiny.

Cerise Lim Jacobs recreates an ancient myth into an electrifying twenty-first century fusion of the best of East and West. She crosses the Broken Bridge (which is not broken) between the two cultures she has passionately embraced. Read full biography...

Watch Cerise Lim Jacobs' interview on Boston's Neighborhood Network

Gil Rose, Music Director

Gil Rose is recognized as one of a new generation of American conductors shaping the future of classical music. Since 2003 Mr. Rose has served as Music Director of Opera Boston, conducting numerous acclaimed productions including Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, and Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. Read full biography . . .

Robert Woodruff

Robert Woodruff, Director

Robert Woodruff has staged over fifty productions including the Lincoln Center, the New York Shakespeare Festival, The Edinburgh International Festival, the Sydney Arts Festival, The Hong Kong Festival for the Arts and most recently the world premiere of Appomattox by Philiip Glass for the San Francisco Opera. Mr. Woodruff was Artistic Director at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge from 2002-2007, where he helped produce thirty-five productions with artists from twelve countries.   

He currently serves on the faculty of The Yale School of Drama. -----Read Full Biography. . .

Photo: J. Henry Fair

Ying Huang, as Madame White Snake

Chinese soprano Ying Huang has generated an extraordinary level of critical acclaim and popularity in a career that has already spanned many arenas, including opera and concert stages, television, recordings and motion pictures. She made a sensational debut as Cio-Cio San in Francois Mitterand’s acclaimed feature film "Madama Butterfly."
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Michael Maniaci
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Michael Maniaci as Xiao Qing (Little Green)

Acclaimed as “one of the greatest singers of his generation” (Toronto Globe and Mail), Michael Maniaci has been praised for his rare, thrilling voice and sensational stage presence. Mr. Maniaci “possesses a remarkable voice, that marries trumpeting high notes with a warm and supple middle voice and secure bottom.” Washington Post
He is lauded for “his natural male soprano [that] is probably the closest thing on earth to the sound of the castrati of long ago, and he uses it with a finesse that’s rare among singers so young.” Toronto Globe
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Herbert Barrett

Dong-Jian Gong as Abbot Fahai

A remarkably gifted bass with a voice of great range and power. Dong-Jian Gong's repertoire encompasses the demanding roles of Verdi as well as the operas of Mozart, Rossini and contemporary works such as Carlos Santos' Asdrubila. His performances are noted for his "wonderful combination of tone, clarity of diction and fervent emotion" (The News, Mexico City). In the 2007-08 season, Mr. Gong performed the role of Philip II in Verdi's Don Carlo with Hawaii Opera Theatre. Other recent engagements include performances of Timur in Turandot with Opera Hong Kong, the leading role in Cong Su's World in Mercury Light with the Berliner Festspiele, the role of the Emperor in Tan Dun's Tea at the New Zealand International Arts Festival, and Zhuang Zhou in Qu Xiao-song's Cleaving the Coffin with the Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin.
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Peter Tantsits as Xu Xian

Peter Tantsits made an auspicious debut at Milan's Teatro alla Scala last spring when he sang the high-lying role of Syme on short notice for the Italian premiere of Lorin Maazel's opera 1984. Recent performances include debuts with some of the world's top orchestras: the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich with which he made his Austrian debut at the Wiener Konzerthaus in CANDIDE lead by Kristjan Järvi, Lorin Maazel and the New York Philharmonic as Spoletta in TOSCA in his acclaimed Lincoln Center debut, the National Symphony lead by Leonard Slatkin in SALOME as Vierte Jude in his Kennedy Center debut with Deborah Voigt, and his debut with the American Symphony Orchestra and Leon Botstein as Pellerin in Dallapiccola's early opera VOLO DI NOTTE at Avery Fisher Hall. )
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