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"Meet in Beijing" arts festival kicks off

04-29-2011 08:49 BJT

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"Meet in Beijing", the largest and most reputable spring time art festival in China, was kicked off in Beijing on Wednesday. An exceptional show featuring both Peking and western opera opened the 11th year of the event at the Poly Theater.

What kind of chemistry do you get when a 200-year-old Chinese stage art meets western opera, which was born in the early 16th century? The opening ceremony of "Meet in Beijing" provides a very harmonious answer.

Vocalists from Opera Australia perform classical operatic arias from well-known works such as the "Barber of Seville", "The Marriage of Figaro" and "La Traviata". In return, leading Chinese Peking Opera artists including Yu Kuizhi, Li Shengsu and Meng Guanglu brought their traditional repertoire including "Concubine Yang Yuhuan of Tang", and "The Unicorn Purse".

The concert is also part of the Year of Australian Culture in China, which started last June. With that in mind, Australia is the featured country of this year's "Meet in Beijing" Arts Festival.

 

 

"Meet in Beijing", the largest and most reputable spring time art festival in
China, was kicked off in Beijing on Wednesday.

Artists of both sides are invigorated to see the sparks of the collaboration.

Yu Kuizhi, Peking Opera Singer, said, "I love western opera. I'm very interested in western opera vocalists' singing skills and the way they tell stories."

"Meet in Beijing", the largest and most reputable spring time art festival in
China, was kicked off in Beijing on Wednesday.

The festival this year has invited nearly 2000 artists from 70 art troupes from over 20 countries and regions. In the coming month, they will put on very diversified performances including music, dance, theater, free open-air shows, and exhibition.

This year's "Meet in Beijing" has chosen the theme "Arts Festival Soaked in the Romance of Spring." Doing justice to its name, the event has drawn an array of the most diversified and dynamic arts to the Chinese capital, meanwhile making itself a unique artistic festival.

"Meet in Beijing", the largest and most reputable spring time art festival in
China, was kicked off in Beijing on Wednesday.

"Meet in Beijing", the largest and most reputable spring
time art festival in China, was kicked off in Beijing
on Wednesday.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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