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Chew On This
Libretto by Robert Feng, Composed by Yunfei Li

A Micro-Opera.

On the last day of January, 2024, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew was repeatedly asked by Senator Tom Cotton (R-ARK) if he was a member of the Chinese Communist Party...despite being from Singapore. In this satirical retelling of America's latest victory against communism, Mr.Chew's senate hearing is interrupted by a time loop that seems to have him answer the same question, "are you a member of the Chinese Communist Party?" over and over, with each loop getting increasingly absurd. 

The opera opens with this disclaimer: 

Despite what you see here, this is a work of fiction.

Despite what you may believe, satire isn't real. 

We know this can be hard for some people. 

But rest assured, this is a work of fiction for your amusement, nothing more. 

A wise man once said: 

"All characters and events in this show - 

even those based on real people -

are entirely fictional. 

All celebrity voices are impersonated...poorly."

Now please, enjoy the show!

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"I know I'm seen before I'm heard"

This opera was commissioned by No Divide KC and Lyric Opera of Kansas City as part of their 2024 CAYA Fellowship.

Three Composer-Librettist teams will present their works on June 15, 2024 in Kansas City.

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