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Ghost Lovers

In 2002,
Qian Yi starred in The Ghost Lovers, a 40-minute long Kunqu opera about a woman who returns from the dead with the intent of taking her lover back with her to the underworld. The opera was performed as part of the Lincoln Center Institute's educational program and at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.

Acclaim for Ghost Lovers:

Nigel Redden, Director of Lincoln Center Festival and Spoleto General Director
"Truly one of the most extraordinary performers you've ever seen."

The New York Times
Bruce Weber
"Ghost Lovers...starring Qian Yi as the lovely and seductive ghost...The elegance and beauty of Qian Yi...make for a gentle exotic spectacle."

The Washington Post
"An Operatic Adventuress", Josh Broder
"More Surprising is the children's response to Qian Yi, playing the ghost...Fluttering footsteps create a remarkable illusion of floating. Blazing eyes beam out at them with a wicked glee that's downright unsettling."
“The mesmerized kids don't know it, but Qian performing on their little stage is like major league baseball sensation Ichiro Suzuki holding a fielding clinic on their cramped asphalt playground.”

The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC
Jennifer Hawes
“Taking the role of the flirtatious ghost is Qian Yi, who was cited as the best actor in China by China’s Cultural Ministry. ‘People are mesmerized by her,’ says [Chen} Shi-Zheng…Spoleto General Director Nigel Redden calls her, ‘Truly one of the most extraordinary performers you’ve ever seen.’”

The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC
"Ghost Lovers opera entertains and fascinates", Robert Jones
"The actress is Qian Yi, whose beauty really is unearthly...'Ghost Lovers' sounds and looks haunting."

Charleston City Paper
Review of Ghost Lovers at the 2002 Spoleto Festival USA
Kristen Rhodes
"She can literally communicate more with her index finger than many actors can with their entire bodies."

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