Saturday, July 10, 2010

As China Seeks to Cultivate the Arts, the West is Ready // China’s Offering New Culture Venue to Its Citizens

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By Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop

On its opening night in May, the Guangzhou Opera House featured Puccini’s “Turandot,” directed by the Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige, with Lorin Maazel conducting. The Swedish soprano Irene Theorin and the Canadian tenor Richard Margison sang the lead roles.

The Opera House, designed by Zaha Hadid, then was host to Ballet Preljocaj, a French dance company performing the contemporary “Snow White” with costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier.

That was followed with a concert by Michael Bolton, the American soft-rock singer.

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