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Some of the most profound new artistic expressions to come forth from San Francisco arts organizations in recent years have been from the creative genius of Shinji Eshima, a formidable talent within the Opera and Ballet companies. His works for SF Ballet, RAkU and Swimmer, and his concert aria for the Opera, Bourne to Shelley, have illuminated great truths and perspectives on the human condition.

   Full of sweeping lyricism and incisive rhythmic energy, Shinji takes us on soaring musical journeys that leave us feeling emotionally richer at the end. I am thrilled that he is composing an opera on the life of Zheng Cao, one of the dearest, most perceptive artists in our world, whose life was cut tragically short but whose spirit is so immense she will continue to impact this world for all time. Hers is a vitally important story of hope and possibility and Shinji will tell it with incredible humanity.

Matthew Shilvock

General Director

San Francisco Opera

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