Shanghai Opera House

In considering the development and history of opera and vocal art in China, the Shanghai Opera House continues to play an important role. Since its foundation in the 1950s, the creation and performances of famous works in the repertoires of opera, Choir, symphony, dance drama, dance, musical theater, and other vocal and instrumental programs, have made the Shanghai Opera one of the best known and most influential performing groups in China.

The opera house has a rich repertoire, both commissioned and original, including opera: King of Chu, Thunderstorm, the Wager; dance drama: Dagger Society, Fly to the Moon, Phoenix in the Qi Mountain, etc.

At the same time the opera house is also celebrated for performing Chinese and foreign classical works.  These include Chinese operas such as Sister Jiang, the Wild Field; foreign operas such as Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Aida, La Traviata, Otello, Tosca, Turandot, the Nose; as well as cantatas such as the Yellow River, Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, etc.

In addition to these works, the Shanghai Opera House has also established professional working relationships with foreign opera companies, world-famous festivals and artists such as the Zurich Opera in Switzerland, the Royal Court Theatre in England, Teatro dell' Opera in Rome, Teatro dell' Opera in Florence, Saint Etienne Opera House in France, the Paris Opera Comique, the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland, the Dalhala AB in Sweden, American conductor John Nelsen, Italian conductor, Alberto Zedda,Italian Tenor Luciano Pavarotti, Spanish Tenor Placido Doming, etc.

In 2008, the opera house was invited to tour to Italy, the Vatican, Austria, Finland and Sweden, and was widely acclaimed.

We will strive to reach a balance between original productions and classical works in the Shanghai Opera House’s repertoire. Cultivating and enhancing artists, increasing effective promotion, and improving public education will be our future goals.

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