"The story of the first North American landscape architect and the man behind the making of New York City's Central Park, Montreal's Mount Royal and the Capitol Grounds in Washington D.C." Cf. Our choice, 1999-2000.
A retelling of a Chinese folktale, based on a poem from the Sung Dynasty, in which a young girl disguises herself as a man and leads the army of China to victory against the enemy. The Sung version of the poem is incorporated into the illustrations in Wei Tablet Style calligraphy and "The Ballad of Mulan" appears in simplified Chinese characters as the last page of text.
What fate awaits a thousand-year-old white snake that travels from its sacred mountain to the human world, only to fall in love with a mortal? Such is the unusual beginning of this tragic love story, one of the most popular in all of Chinese opera.