Biography Hits High Notes of Chinese Soprano’s Career

By Joshua Dummer

Melanie Ho’s “Journey to the West” charts the career of He Hui, the Xi’an-born soprano who has become particularly well-known for her performances of the operas of Giuseppi Verdi and Giacomo Puccini.

He Hui was the first Chinese performer to sing Puccini's “Tosca” at Milan’s iconic La Scala theater, and the first to portray the titular character in Verdi's “Aida” at Vienna’s Staatsoper and New York’s Metropolitan; she has also become famous for taking on the lead role in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.”

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