The eighth round of NCPA’s version of Turandot
On October 17th, the eighth round of NCPA’s version of Turandot kicked off. The performances of this round will be recorded and released worldwide as a DVD, presenting the elegant singing from the Chinese singers and the distinct artistic charm of NCPA’s version of Turandot.
Daniel Oren created a strong scene with the prince and princess, and the China NCPA Orchestra and Chorus lit up the evening
The excellent performance of the China NCPA Orchestra and Chorus was highly commended. Famous conductor Daniel Oren affirmed the two ensembles’ strength and talent and said, “It’s our first collaboration and their performance was exciting. Young as they are, the Chorus showed the strength no less than any European counterparts.” In the evening, the orderly coordinated Orchestra offered a performance of mellow tone and clear sounds.
Elisabete Matos’s clear and touching voice enchanted the audience and left an imprint with her intricate way of acting, bringing out on stage the warmer and milder princess designed by director Chen Xinyi. The Calaf by Vladimir Galouzine surprised the audience and his brilliant “Nessun dorma” climaxed the show. The self-sacrificing Liu by Yao Hong touched the audience into tears and Tian Haojiang’s expressive performance vividly showed the inner world of an expelled old king. In the evening of October 18th, the all-Chinese cast will take the stage with Sun Xiuwei and Dai Yuqiang singing Turandot and Calaf respectively, which will mark their second collaboration in this year after Un Ballo in Maschera and the four in NCPA’s Turandot.
China’s pilot opera movie featuring excellent singing in a NCPA’s fine production will be released in the overseas market
NCPA has filmed Nabucco and Un Ballo in Maschera in 2013, which made it the first art organization to film the stage performance of a Western opera classic in China.
As the most staged NCPA-produced opera, this revival of Turandot will be recorded and released in the overseas market. The opera featuring a Chinese story is also NCPA’s first opera production. NCPA looks to promote china’s excellent singers and fine opera productions in the overseas market by filming opera productions like Turandot.
Premiere: Mar 21, 2008
The three-act Turandot is one of the greatest works of Puccini, the Italian great opera master, and it is also his last work in his life. In 1924, when Puccini composed Scene II, Act III, unfortunately he passed away, stopped his passionate pen and left to the world an uncompleted piece of work. During the past eighty years since Puccini’s death, completing Turandot has always been the artistic focus of the world’s attention.
The NCPA’s version of Turandot is the first original excellent work that the NCPA composed with all its strength. Puccini Festival Foundation, as the specially invited partner in the NCPA version of Puccini’s Turandot, has rendered full support from opera creation to rehearsal. Hao Weiya, the Chinese young composer, entrusted by National Centre for Performing Arts, becomes the third composer of the world and also the first Chinese artist to complete Puccini’s Turandot. The famous director Chen Xinyi will be the general director and the famous stage designer Gao Guangjian will be the chief vision director and stage designer. They will decode the coldhearted Princess from an entirely new perspective and jointly open up a new artistic vista. The ancient Chinese Princess’s story, completed by a Chinese for the first time, is a performing gala of the capital’s cultural and artistic circle and moreover becomes a unique exquisite works of art in the gallery of NCPA.
Turandot depicts a love story of mystery. Turandot, though she is a most beautiful Chinese Princess, is coldhearted, and she stipulates that any prince seeking to marry her must answer three riddles – and if he fails, he will be sentenced to death. Three poor princes have unfortunately lost their lives. Calaf, the prince of Tartary who is in exile in China, smitten with the princess’s beauty, determines to win her as his bride and answers all the questions correctly. However, Princess Turandot refuses to accept defeat. Calaf generously offers Turandot a riddle of his own: if she can learn his name by dawn, he will forfeit his life. Princess Turandot captures the father of the prince and his maid Liù and extorts a confession from them by torture. Liù kills herself to keep the secret. Liù’s death gives coldhearted Turandot a great shock. At dawn, Turandot still has no idea of the prince’s name. Calaf makes Turandot forced to kiss him and melts her icy heart and finally tells her his real name. Yet Princess Turandot does not announce the prince’s real name, on the contrary, she announces to the public that she will marry the prince and his name is Love.
Ending aria by Hao Weiya
Conductor: Daniel Oren
Director: Chen Xinyi
Stage Design/Diretor: Gao Guangjian
Presenters: China NCPA Orchestra, NCPA Chorus
Tuandot by Elisabete Matos/Sun Xiuwei
Calaf by Vladimir Galouzine/Dai Yuqiang/Walter Fraccaro
Liu by Yao Hong
Timur by Tian Haojiang
The NCPA’s version of Turandot is the first western opera the NCPA launched since its inauguration. Puccini Festival Foundation, as the specially invited partner in the NCPA version of Puccini’s Turandot, has rendered full support from opera creation to rehearsal. Hao Weiya, the Chinese young composer, entrusted by National Centre for Performing Arts, becomes the third composer of the world and also the first Chinese artist to complete Puccini’s Turandot. It’ll be the seventh time for NCPA to stage this masterpiece. In 2011, NCPA’s production of Turandot were staged as the opening performance for the 2011-2012 season of Korean National Opera in Seoul.
With a natural talent,Daniel Oren developed his own particular interest for the Opera by the great Leonard Bernstein who in 1968 chose him, just thirteen years old, as lead vocalist in his Chichester Psalms’s for the inauguration of the Israel Television; in reality it was the mother to start the young Daniel, still at an early age, a complete musical education by studying not only the piano and cello, but with singing and harmony. Maestro Oren then perfected his studies in Europe, devoting himself almost exclusively to conducting and taken part in 1975, winning, the prestigious competition ‘Herbert von Karajan’ for young conductors: from that moment the young artist began an international career.
After debuting in the United States, his reputation also consolidated in Italy: in fact he became the stable conductor in Rome and, subsequently, at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste (where he was recently music director), at the San Carlo Theatre in Naples and at the Carlo Felice in Genoa. Even in recent years he has continued to successfully manage in the major Italian theaters (Florence, Parma, Turin, Venice), cultivating close relationships with the most influential European and American theaters, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Covent Garden in London, the Staatsoper in Vienna, the Colon in Buenos Aires, Tokyo Opera, the Opera Houses in Houston, Dallas, San Francisco and the Opera Bastille in Paris where he obtained a great success with Leo Nucci, Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorgiu.
Next to his love for the Opera, with a repertoire that embraces the most important Italian repertoire, Oren joins the passion for symphonic music, which has enjoyed great success conducting major orchestras such as the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome (conducted for the first time in 1978), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino’s Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the radio orchestras of Monaco, Cologne, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Berlin, among many others.
His participation in Verdi’s Nabucco inaugural season of the New Israeli Opera in December 1994 represented a particularly significant moment in his career: this musical event has managed to coincide his passion for the world of opera with the love for his homeland. Oren as a musician believes that the music is the best vehicle for peace, tolerance, and the only language that unites us all.
He’s Artist Director of Teatro Verdi in Salerno where he often conducts during the opera season. He’s also regular guest in Paris, at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as well as in Tel Aviv,Verona, Florence, Madrid, Cologne and Barcelona. \
|Oct. 17||Elisabete Matos||Vladimir Galouzine|
|Oct. 18||Sun Xiuwei||Dai Yuqiang||Oct. 19||Elisabete Matos||Walter Fraccaro||Oct. 20||Sun Xiuwei||Dai Yuqiang|
|Chen Xinyi Director
Chen Xinyi is a fruitful director who has been actively engaged in the creation of theatrical drama for decades. She has created more than 80 plays; in addition to stage play, opera and Peking Opera, she is found as well involved in musical drama, children’s play and local dramas. The works directed by Chen have won Cao Yu Drama Literature Award, and Splendor Award (for professional theatrical artworks) (Ministry of Culture) even for 12 times (of which four works were given grand prizes).
As a female director, she imparts her works a subtle and understated mood as well as the sensational impact and flavor.