“Bellini was, I believe, the last composer of opera fully to recognize that song was not just a means to a dramatic end but a magical power.” This statement by the musicologist David Kimbell describes a specific characteristic of Vincenzo Bellini’s music that constantly fascinates us. Bellini’s undisputed masterpiece Norma has now found its way to Beijing’s most important opera house: the National Centre for the Performing Arts. more
Zhang Yimou directed his first Beijing-Opera production in the Chinese capital at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA): “You and Me” is based on a 2700-year-old Chinese imperial story from the chapter “Lord Zheng defeats Duan in Yan” from the legend of Zuo – a tale of betrayal, the power of infantile love and the fact that blood is thicker than water. more
NCPA’s production of “Le Nozze di Figaro” (The Marriage of Figaro) shines a new light on one of the most famous operas created by W. A. Mozart in 1786 during the summit of his composing life: It combines traditional Western elements with an outstanding Chinese cast. more
Celebrating Verdi’s bi-centenary, the spectacular National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing hosted a unique Gala Concert, produced by Accentus Music: An international cast of renowned European and Chinese singers and the NCPA orchestra under the baton of its principal conductor Lu Jia presented a wide selection of Verdi opera classics. more
To celebrate Verdi’s 200th anniversary, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing premiered a spectacular new production of Nabucco in a breathtaking setting, presenting a globally renowned cast and crew. Nabucco was shown in China for the first time, starring the legendary Plácido Domingo in the lead role, marking his Chinese opera debut with a successful change to a Baritone. “A triumph.” (GBOpera) more
The musical notes of this Puccini masterpiece provide the starting point and foundation for a new, highly successful collaboration between Riccardo Chailly and Davide Livermore. In their interpretation, there is “no moment, no movement, that goes against the musical meaning” (R. Chailly).
The world premiere of the opera “Metanoia” by Jens Joneleit opened the first season of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in the Schiller Theater on 3 October 2010.