Long’s opera “Madame White Snake” wins Pulitzer for Music

Posted on: April 21, 2011

Monday (4/18) on the Boston Globe blog Culture Desk, David Stewart reports, “Composer Zhou Long won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Music today for ‘Madame White Snake,’ the first opera commissioned by Opera Boston—and the first one he has written. The prize is ‘really something heavyweight to me…I feel I have been recognized,’ Zhou said by phone from his home in Kansas City, Missouri. ‘I have been working very hard to blend the East and the West for years.’ For Opera Boston, the Pulitzer ‘helps endorse our mission to promote and present the unusual instead of the traditional and standard,’ said Gil Rose, the company’s artistic director, late today. ‘It’s a real endorsement of what we’re trying to do here.’ Opera Boston premiered ‘Madame White Snake’ on Feb. 26, 2010 at the Cutler Majestic Theatre with three performances (and one preview) conducted by Gil Rose in a production directed by Robert Woodruff. … First-time librettist and retired Boston attorney Cerise Lim Jacobs, a Brookline resident, wrote the text based on the Chinese legend about a white snake demon who transforms into a beautiful woman so she can experience love.”

Posted April 21, 2011