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Songs and Dances for Love: LI Xincao, SONG Yuanming, WANG Chong and NCPAO at National Center for the Performing Arts

Dates

2/14/2020

Theatre

National Center for the Performing Arts


No.2 West Chang'an Avenue Xicheng District
Beijing,
Phone: 8610-6655 0000



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On the Valentine's Day of 2020, we will share the stage with LI Xincao, the first Chinese conductor directing performances at Vienna State Opera. With a number of classic melodies selected from operas, operettas and ballets, we will have a romantic night with our audience.

Puccini is regarded a master composer of Italian Romantic opera. His music was rooted in the long traditions of Italian operas by such composers as Scarlatti, Rossini, Bellini and Verdi, and integrated with Wagner’s style that was emerging at that time. He left behind frequently-staged operas and such as Manon Lescaut, La Bohème, Tosca, Madame Butterfly and Turandot. These operas are also love stories remembered and praised by the audience. This concert features classic arias from Manon Lescaut and La Bohème, showing the audience the charm of Puccini’s music.

Puccini's opera dominated Italy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, while operettas by Lehár and the John Strauss family prevailed in Vienna during the same period. Their music style is relaxed and lively, and the storyline is often adapted from real life, emphasizing entertainment and irony. Lehár was one of the leading composers of the Viennese operetta in the early 20th century. He produced about 40 operettas and musicals in his composition career. Besides his operetta Die lustige Witwe that enjoyed extraordinary international success since its 1905 premiere in Vienna, his other masterpieces include Der Graf von Luxemburg, Das Land des Lächelns, and Giuditta. As a composer living in Vienna, he also composed a lot of waltzes, including the popular Gold und Silber Walzer. We will also select a number of his delightful arias, including “Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss” from Giuditta, “Dein ist mein ganzes Herz” from Das Land des Lächelns, and “Ballsirenen” from Die lustige Witwe, unveiling the gorgeous Viennese operetta.

In this concert, conductor LI Xincao and NCPAO will perform a symphony suite selected from the ballet Swan Lake composed by Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky’s music for Swan Lake has also become a signature of his own compositional works and even the Russian Romantic music. The touching love story between the prince and the princess is the best musical narrative on Valentine's Day.


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