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Life, Death, and Rebirth: Reincarnation in the Ouroboros Opera Trilogy

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Reception to follow

Join Cerise Lim Jacobs, co-creator and librettist of the Ouroboros Trilogy as she knits together Chinese folktales, Greek mythology, and vibrant creations of her own imagination into a complex and lush exploration of life, death, and rebirth told through selected arias from the trilogy's operas: Madame White Snake, Gilgamesh, and Naga.

Co-creators Cerise Lim Jacobs and Charles M. Jacobs conceived of Ouroboros—the snake eating its tail—as a metaphor for the natural, political, philosophical, and religious state of our world. They launched Madame White Snake, the 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, together in 2010 in Boston. Gilgamesh and Naga will premiere at the Cutler Majestic Theater at Arts Emerson in September.

Cerise Lim Jacobs was born in colonial Singapore into a traditional Chinese family. She grew up at the confluence of many disparate influences stemming from Singapore's multicultural environment. When she was sixteen her family emigrated to Australia to escape the turbulence created by the end of the Vietnam War and the bankruptcy of the British Empire. She dropped out of school at the age of nineteen to follow her heart and began a sojourn that took her from Melbourne, Australia, to Oxford, England; East Lansing, Michigan; Vancouver, Canada; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and finally Boston, Massachusetts. She holds a degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh and earned a J.D. at Harvard Law School. She was a trial partner at Goodwin Procter LLP and served for five years as a federal prosecutor at the US Attorney's Office in Boston. She is now retired from the practice of law. Cerise is currently working on bringing the Ouroboros Trilogy to the stage.

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