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2010 NCPA World Classic Opera Gala Concert

http://www.chinese.cn 09:13, December 22, 2010 National Centre for the Performing Arts

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China National Opera House
China National Opera House

2010 NCPA World Classic Opera Gala Concert

Conductor: Yu Feng

Venue: Concert Hall

Dates: Dec. 24-25, 2010 19:30

Price: VIP 800 600 400 200 100 RMB

China National Opera House

China National Opera House, established in 1952, is a national level theatre under China Ministry of Culture. It is a high standard theatre in China and the Asian-pacific area at present. The theatre consists of opera ensemble, the chorus, the Symphony Orchestra and the stage design department.

The opera ensemble boasts excellent opera performers who have won many important music awards in and out of China and has been very active on China and world opera stages. Most of the performers of the chorus troupe are graduates from famous academies of music of China, who are all well educated performers. The chorus has played a wide range of operas of different styles in and out of China. The symphony orchestra is famous for its instrumental performance, and has abundant operas that are played in world stage. Besides high quality décor design for theatre opera and concerts, they have also participated in many major performances and events. The opera troupe is one with competent composers, conductors, directors and stage designers etc. The present head of the Troupe is famous composer Liu Xijin.

For over half a century, with effort of several generations of artists, the troupe has given many premieres and has promoted many world classic operas. In the summer of 1988, with the invitation of Savonlinna Opera Festival (Finland), the troupe went to Finland and performed Madama Butterfly,Carmen and the Reguiem by Verdi, as well as some other Chinese music. The performance was highly received by the media. The troupe has also been to Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao; operas played in these countries and areas were all well received. Starting from 1992, the chorus and the symphony orchestra have played in Macao International Music Festival for 10 consecutive years and was highly praised by the organization committee and the audience. In 2008, the troupe brought its original play Farewell, My Concubine to San Fransico, New York and Washington. This performance drew the attention of American artist and media. After the opening up of China, the troupe further expanded its communication with other international groups. In 1986, the cooperation of the opera La Boheme with world renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti was a big success. In 1999, they achieved another collaboration with tenor Jose Carreras. In July 2010, the three world class tenors all joined the celebration of China's successfully bidding for the Olympic Games. Chinese opera is growing with ever stronger momentum.

NPCA Chorus

NCPA Chorus was established in December 8, 2009, whose members are carefully selected from music schools around China. Now the Chorus has Wu Lingfen as the conductor, with many artists well-known in China and abroad giving instructions. Affiliated to NCPA, the highest palace of performing arts in China, the Chorus adheres to NCPA's guiding principles of "for the people, for the arts, and for the world". The Chorus mainly stages operas and concerts, and also takes part in kinds of cultural communication events. Ever since its establishment, the Chorus has taken part in the performances of the music and dance epicRoad to Revive. Then, on May 2nd, 2010, the Chorus presented its debut performance in the Concert Hall of NCPA, and later the "2010 NCPA Opera Festival Concert", "Roam About the Classics—Chorus Classics in the Opera World: China NCPA Concert Hall Orchestra and Chorus Concert", the "NCPA Chorus Concert for the Army Day", to name just a few. As a crucial group in the artistic production of NCPA, the Chorus has taken part in and gained critical acclaim from the performances of NCPA's original operaXi Shiconducted by Chen Zuohuang, French opera Carmen, La Traviata conducted by Lorin Maazel, and L'elisir d'amore conducted by Lu Jia.

The Chorus offers over a hundred performances in 2010 with the highlights including various concerts in the autumn season, performances in the NCPA version of Turandot and NCPA original opera Xi Shi at the end of this year, among others, which would surely contribute to the development of NCPA.