ART EVENT “World Premiere of The Big Swim” at Asia Society Center Texas

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ART EVENT “World Premiere of The Big Swim” at Asia Society Center Texas

February 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


HAPPENING FEBRUARY 16 – FEBRUARY 18, 2024: Celebrate Lunar New Year with “The Big Swim,” a witty, heartwarming one-act opera at Asia Society Center Texas. Suitable for families and opera lovers alike, this retelling of the Jade Emperor and the Great Race fable sets the order of the 12 animals in the zodiac calendar. The animals learn to put aside fierce competition to instead care for and support one another, side by side.

Commissioned by Houston Grand Opera in partnership with Asia Society Texas, “The Big Swim” fuses diverse influences into a single, compelling story, intentionally crossing boundaries between traditional and modern, Eastern and Western, and classical and non-classical. The world premiere production — Houston Grand Opera’s 76th — is directed by Mo Zhou, and features set and puppet design by Afsaneh Aayani, costume design by Valérie Bart, and lighting design by Michael Clark. This opera is composed by Meilina Tsui and with a libretto by Melisa Tien.

World Premiere: ‘The Big Swim’ A co‐production of Houston Grand Opera and Asia Society Texas

Friday, February 16, 2024
7:30 PM Performance

Saturday, February 17, 2024
2:00 PM Performance

Sunday, February 18, 2024
2:00 PM Performance


Asia Society Center Texas
1370 Southmore Blvd.
Houston, TX 77004 United States
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