Guangzhou Opera House
As one of the "Top 10 opera houses around the world" (USA Today) and "the most alluring opera house" (Daily Telegraph), Guangzhou Opera House is a splendid cultural landmark boldly exploring a new mode of operation and management and the path of reform and development in Chinese theater.
Located in the center of Guangzhou CBD, Guangzhou Opera House was designed by Zaha Hadid, the first female architect to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The buildings are like two stones washed by the Pearl River; strange but full of inspiration. The world-renowned acoustician Harold Marshall designed its acoustic system, which has won praise from global architects and artists.
As the flagship theater of the CPAA theaters of China Arts and Entertainment Group (CAEG) directly under the leadership of the Chinese Ministry of Culture, Guangzhou Opera House has new market-oriented and professional operation and management. The opera house is the frontier for the reform of China's cultural system. It strives to integrate all kinds of advantageous cultural resources from home and abroad, create a theatrical industrial chain, recommend excellent stage art and promote advanced culture. It endeavors to be the best art hall in southern China as well as a stage for renowned artists from around the world.
With the Guangzhou Arts Festival and four performance seasons, Guangzhou Opera House invites world-renowned artists, troupes and drama companies to offer an unprecedented cultural feast for Guangdong. World masters including conductors Zubin Mehta, Daniel Oren, Charles Dutoit, master tenor Carreras, famous soprano Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, and He Hui are all contract artists of Guangzhou Opera House. The world’s top ten orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden and the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra all perform regularly in Guangzhou. The opera house annually stages famous operas including Turandot, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, The Lady of the Camellias and Carmen with renowned opera house and production teams. These cultural undertakings have changed the cultural ecology of Guangzhou and won the city the world's attention.
Guangzhou Opera House spares no effort in bringing culture to the public through a series of activities. It integrates technology with art and has launched an online art and life community. Guangzhou Opera House actively seeks corporate, cross-sectoral and inter-regional cultural and art resources, and joins hands with art galleries, artists and famous international brands for exhibitions. It also provides art training courses and has China's first theatrical children's choir and children's ballet. The "classroom × stage" art training mode significantly contributes to the development of art talents.
Guangzhou Opera House is more than a cultural landmark; it is a series of meaningful, modern and stylish cultural symbols. It leads people to listen to the classics, feel culture, and integrate beauty into their lives. It embodies the spirit of the times and Guangdong people's longing for culture and art in the new era.