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Celebrity interview: Three Chinese tenors

08-10-2011 09:13 BJT

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Right before the Tanglewood concert, Julian interviewed the three tenors, who are performing outdoors for the first time in Beijing. They are Zhang Jianyi, Ding Yi, Wei Song.

The "Three Chinese Tenors," Zhang Jianyi, Ding Yi, Wei Song opened the second festival night themed "Star Light" with a song called "Shimmering Stars." Together, the tenors presented more than 10 pieces dedicated to the land, the stars, and the beat of life.

Ding Yi said, "Usually more indoor performances, but I did perform at a few outdoor concerts in Australia, at parks, at the racecourse. It's very relaxed. In China, this is a first. Very special indeed."

Wei Song said, "Outdoor concerts are more popular with most people and audiences can also participate. In an indoor setting, people tend to dress more formally. There are a lot of outdoor concerts in other countries. The whole family would drive to the concert, enjoy the performance on the grass, and just be part of nature."

Right before the Tanglewood concert, Julian interviewed the three tenors, who are performing outdoors for the first time in Beijing.

Ding Yi said, "It's a challenge for every Chinese artist who wants to work in the West. The language for example. But, no matter who you are, you must be good professionally. Sydney Opera House has language coaches. And they've been an immense help to me. In the beginning, other people complained about my English, but I eventually won their approval with my work. I want to pass on what I've learned onto the younger Chinese generation. I'm in China most of the time, but I go overseas when there are performances. I hope that the younger generation will change the way China is now with their work. This concert is a tribute to the three artists' performance ten years ago. Of course, we will bring along Chinese pieces too. We do kind of resemble the World's Three Tenors. Mr. Wei for example looks like Pavarotti with his moustache. Zhang is handsome, so Domingo. And  I'm the shortest of the three, so I guess I'm the Carerras. But, we all have the responsibility to bring our music to the world because music doesn't have boundaries."

 

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The "Three Chinese Tenors," Zhang Jianyi, Ding Yi, Wei Song opened the second festival night themed "Star Light" with a song called "Shimmering Stars."

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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