The stage is dominated by a statue of Mao "because he is very much a part today of Chinese life," Cheng said.
But "I don't think any Chinese composer would have written an opera in such a way about Mao ... this is a very sensitive issue. I am not sure this is something that the country is ready to talk about," said Cheng who was banned for five years from returning to his home country because of his work.
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