Shanghai Opera House

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Shanghai Grand Theatre at night - the resident location of "Shanghai Opera House" and other troupes.

Shanghai Opera House (Chinese: 上海歌剧院; pinyin: Shànghǎi Gējù Yuàn; Shanghainese: Zånhae Gujihyu) is the official government-funded western-style opera company of Shanghai, China,[1] and the resident opera company at the new Shanghai Grand Theatre (上海大剧院 Shanghai Da Juyuan).[2] Although the term "Opera House" is often applied to the building, both in English and Chinese texts, officially the building is not an opera house and the term "Shanghai Opera House" properly applies only to the performing company, not the building, as is also true for its senior sister company, the China National Opera House (CNOH) in Beijing. The reason for the distinction is found in that the Chinese character Yuan (院) applies primarily to a school or institute or dramatic troupe rather than the building in which a school, institute or dramatic company resides.

The offices, practice rooms and small rehearsal theatre are located at No.10 100-lòng Changshu Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai.[3]

Repertoire[edit]

The repertoire of the opera company includes various western works: Aida, L'Elisir d'Amore, Orfeo ed Euridice, Eugene Onegin (opera), Otello, Pelléas et Mélisande (opera), The Nose (opera), Die Fledermaus, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Samson et Dalila, La Traviata, I Pagliacci, L'amour des Trois Oranges.

Its repertoire of Chinese-language western-style operas (dangdai geju) includes: White-Haired Girl, Zan Yuen ("broad grasslands"), Fangcaoxin ("Fangfang, heart of grass"), Red Guards on Honghu Lake, Sister Jiang, Leiyu (based on Cao Yu's play Thunderstorm), Shangshi ("Mourning" 1981 folk opera based on a story by Lu Xun[4]) and The Savage Land.[5][6]

See also[edit]

Shanghai Opera Theater

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.shanghaiopera.com.cn history (English) Archived 2012-12-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Planet Geography (3rd edition) Stephen Codrington - 2005 "Figure 19. 17 Shanghai's Opera House is an example of the new public facilities now being built by the government. The Opera House is situated in an area with many such projects, including the Shanghai Museum, People's Park. Municipal ..."
  3. ^ Photograph of offices, 上海市静安区常熟路100弄10号
  4. ^ Shanghai Opera "Mourning" (Chinese) 歌剧名篇 – 伤逝 Archived 2013-01-15 at Archive.is
  5. ^ 歌剧名篇 > 国内 Archived 2012-04-19 at the Wayback Machine. " 白毛女, 苍原, 芳草心, 洪湖赤卫队, 江姐, 雷雨, 伤逝, 原野 "
  6. ^ Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture – Page 420 Edward L. Davis – 2012 "Jin Xiang's style is characterized by a particular sensibility for musical colouring. His opera The Savage Land (Yuanye, 1987) features a Chinese-style verismo, reminiscent of Russian opera but at the same time permuted by distinctly Chinese ..."