The Night Banquet


The festival offered the American premiere of The Night Banquet, a brief but fascinating chamber opera in a fanciful and mostly compelling production. … The Night Banquet is wonderfully strange and ultimately involving.

           The New York Times July 26, 2002

Opening the festival was the exquisite Yi Yan, The Night Banquet, created by the director Chen Shi-Zheng. En route to Paris and Brussels, The Night Banquet proved to be a tour de force of considered direction and skilled composition.

                      Opera August, 2002.

The Night Banquet is an extraordinary and exquisite work. A tour de force of considered direction and skilled composition, the opera seemed to suspend time, reaching into the human soul to deliver a sorrowful tale of eternal regret.          

             The Australian February 18, 2002

Sightlines are good, the singing superb, the acoustics perfect and the set a visual treat…

               The West Australian Today  February 14, 2002

With Ye Yan / Night Banquet, Chen Shi-Zheng creates… a profoundly brilliant piece of political theater that explains the East-West conflict through a wonderful parable.

Süddeutsche Zeitung