Hosted by Larry Beckwith
Featuring live performances by
Lina Cao, guzheng
Jean-Luc Bedryk, dancer
Guests: Alice Ping Yee Ho, Marjorie Chan, Teri Dunn. Members of the CCOC, Emily Cheung, Cathy Ord, Nicole Blain
Commissioned by the Canadian Children’s Opera Company to celebrate their 50th anniversary, “The Monkiest King” is the first Chinese-Canadian children’s opera composed by multiple JUNO nominee Alice Ping Yee Ho. The Monkey King is the leading super hero in the 16th-century famous Chinese novel “Journey to the West.” Over the centuries, the tale has become one of the most popular comic stories. It is about a mischievous yet determined mythological being who rises from humble origin to become a great protector of humanity.
Alice Ping Yee Ho, composer
Marjorie Chan, librettist
Canadian Children’s Opera Company
Teri Dunn, Music Director
Album available June 5 from the Canadian Music Centre and on all digital music platforms.
This recording is made through the generous support of FACTOR, Toronto Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Canadian Children’s Opera Company under the direction of Music Director Teri Dunn.