Free admission (all visitors, all hours)
The performance celebrates the United States debut of the ground-breaking initiative I SING BEIJING. Founded in 2011, I SING BEIJING is a pioneering program that introduces Mandarin as a lyric language and brings to stage a new expression in the vocal arts by juxtaposing Western operatic traditions with the emerging genre of modern Chinese opera.
Founded by the Office of Chinese Language Council International, China and produced by the Asian Council Performing Council, USA, in 2011, I SING BEIJING has attracted singers from world’s top institutions, who represent talents mainly from the United States and eleven other countries including China.
The concert features scenes and arias from Western favorites by composers including Rossini, Puccini and Bernstein, coupled with a historical tour of modern Chinese opera beginning from country folk opera from the 1940s, to modern classics of the 1950s and 60’s to the most representative vocal works from contemporary China.
This concert will demonstrate the clear similarities and differences of the works, allowing the audience to explore and contrast the music, techniques and sound.
Experience the familiar voices and exotic sounds along with singers from the West and China through this unique musical panorama; watch history be made in this celebration of musical heritages with I SING BEIJING.