Yiyun Gu – From Peking Opera to Don Giovanni


Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Yiyun Gu


The best voices in Eastern and Western compositions from Liszt, Goossens and Wang A Mao.

About the artists

Chinese-Australian pianist Yiyun Gu’s enlightening concerts highlight the best voices in Eastern and Western compositions. Showcasing different styles, cultures and sources of inspiration, her passionate performances promise a wealth of new discoveries to cherish.

About the concert

Based on themes from Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, Liszt’s dramatic fantasy Réminiscences de Don Juan demands technical brilliance. Goossens prompts a rediscovery of the mysterious incidental music written for Maugham’s 1920s play East of Suez. Based on a story set in Beijing, it delves into the intersection of cultural traditions.

Sheng, Dan, Jing, Mo, Chou by young Chinese composer Wang A Mao takes inspiration from the five traditional roles in Peking Opera (Beijing Opera), the quintessence of Chinese theatre. Through the powers of solo piano, this work brings the famous characters to life, conjuring the colourful costumes, painted faces, movements, gestures, background music and voices.

These inspired works are full of excitement, highlighting contrasting musical languages, from East to West, and from traditional to contemporary.

Praise for Yiyun Gu

‘[A] rising star.’ Limelight

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Percy Grainger
Ramble on the Love-Duet from Der Rosenkavalier (arr. Percy Grainger)

Eugene Goossens
Suite from ‘East of Suez’, Op.33

A-Mao Wang
Sheng, Dan, Jing, Mo, Chou

Franz Liszt
Réminiscences de Don Juan, S.418


This production is part of the following series:

Season Three: Illuminate

Celebrate the best local and international music at the award-winning venue where live music lives.