[Shenzhen] Free concert features French operas (Nov 8)
2009-November-2 Source: Szdaily web edition
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Shenzhen Arts School Philharmonic Orchestra will present a free concert Sunday afternoon. Lei Yu, the principal conductor, will wield the baton. The repertoire will include suites from operas "Pelleas and Melisande", "Carmen" and "Faust".

Tickets are available at the six Shenzhen Book City outlets at 7:30 p.m., Nov 5 on a first-come-first-served basis.

"Pelleas and Melisande" is a Symbolist play by Maurice Maeterlinck about the forbidden, doomed love of the title characters. It was first performed in 1893. The play has been the basis of several pieces of music. Perhaps the best known is the impressionist opera by Claude Debussy. In 1898, Gabriel Faure had written incidental music for the play, from which he later extracted a suite. Jean Sibelius also wrote incidental music for it in 1905; the section "At the Castle Gate" has found fame as the signature music of the BBC "The Sky at Night" program. The story is also the basis of Arnold Schoenberg's early symphonic poem "Pelleas und Melisande" of 1902-03.

"Faust" is a grand opera in five acts by Charles Gounod to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carre from Carre's play "Faust et Marguerite," in turn loosely based on Goethe's "Faust, Part 1". It debuted in Paris on March 19, 1859.

"Carmen" is a French opera comique by Georges Bizet. Bizet's score is a masterpiece of dramatic detachment. Bizet never interposes himself between the audience and his characters whose sufferings move us without intervention. In this classical approach, his model was his favorite composer, Mozart, although there are parallels with Verdi as well. Mozartian likewise is the compound of richness and clarity in the orchestration and the unfailing aptness of musical form to dramatic situation.

Time: 3 p.m., Nov 8

Inquiries: 8284-1888

Venue: Shenzhen Concert Hall, intersection of Hongli Road and Fuzhong Road 1, Futian District

Buses: 15, 25, 35, 38, 41, 54, 60, 64, 65, 71, 107, 108, 111, 215, 228, 235, 236, 237, 322, 350, 374, 383, 391

Metro: Shao Nian Gong Station (Children's Palace Station ), Exit C or D

Editor: Miranda
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