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This Shanghai opera based on an ancient magical love story is typical in that the music is fairly popular in idiom, more flexible than the strongly traditional Peking Opera, and in this case for "traditional" orchestra rather than the truly traditional small group. Most of the singing is more akin to melodic recitative than to arias, and there is a fair amount of dialogue. The sets are an intriguing mix of artifice and realism.