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North American Works Directory Listing
Buoso's Ghost
Michael Ching
A highly acclaimed and prolific composer, Michael Ching has written works performed by opera companies and orchestras throughout the United States. Described as "compelling," " provocative," and "uplifting," with passages of "sheer poetry," Mr. Ching's compositions have been presented by OperaDelaware, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Memphis, Chicago Opera Theatre, New Orleans Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Dayton Opera, Triangle Opera Theater, Virginia Opera, Pittsburgh Opera Center, Fargo Moorhead Opera, Anchorage Opera, Texas Opera Theater, the Atlanta Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Memphis Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and the Charlotte Symphony, among others.

Included in his body of operatic works are Corps Of Discovery, an opera commissioned by the University of Missouri which received its world premiere in May 2003; Buoso's Ghost, a sequel to Gianni Schicchi performed many times and most recently by Lake George Opera, Amarillo Opera, and Opera New Jersey; King of the Clouds, an educational work commissioned by the Dayton Opera and Out of the Rain, a companion piece to King of the Clouds. His opera, Faith, was performed at the World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon). Mr. Ching's most recent operatic composition, Midsummer Night's Dream, an "a cappella opera," receives its World Premiere in 2011 in a coproduction between Opera Memphis, Memphis' professional theatre, Playhouse on the Square and Delta Cappella. His works have received several NEA grants and funding by Meet the Composer. Mr. Ching is one of the most prominent students of American composers Robert Ward and Carlisle Floyd.
Michael Ching
Michael Ching (Conductor)
Karen Tiller (Director)
Kristopher Irmiter (Schicchi)
Maria Zouves (Lauretta)
Mark Duffin (Rinuccio)
John Dougherty (Simone)
Patti Jo Stevens (Zita)
Kent Fleshman (Betto)
January 25, 1997
Opera Memphis
Buoso's Ghost is a sequel to Gianni Schicchi. Based on the premise that Buoso Donati did not die of natural causes in Gianni Schicchi, the new work will follow the progress of Schicchi as he tries to discover the circumstances of Donati's death.
2 fl, 1ob, 2 cl, 1 bsn - 2 hrn, 2 tpt, 1tbn - hp, perc, kbd (syn) - str
Contemporary, with Puccini quotations
Michael Ching, Opera Memphis
6745 Wolf River Parkway
Memphis, TN 38120
Schedule of Performances Listings
Buoso's Ghost (Ching)
Saturday, March 27, 2010 - Amarillo Opera
Buoso's Ghost (Ching)
Saturday, July 15, 2006 - Opera New Jersey
Buoso's Ghost (Ching)
Friday, June 16, 2000 - Triangle Opera
Buoso's Ghost (Ching)
Wednesday, March 29, 2000 - Chicago Opera Theater
Buoso's Ghost (Ching)
Friday, February 26, 1999 - Indianapolis Opera
Buoso's Ghost (Ching)
Saturday, January 25, 1997 - Opera Memphis

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