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A night view of the the Guangzhou Opera House. (Photo provided to Newsgd.com)
Guangzhou Opera House (Photo: Luo Binhao)
Album highlights Guangzhou Opera House in 10 years
As the architectural masterpiece that is the Guangzhou Opera House celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, the theater released a memorial photo album 'The Decade' on May 9th. The album records wonderful moments from the theater's best performances over the past ten years, including artists' signatures, messages and hand models. Here are some highlights from the theater over the past decade.
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On May 6th-9th, 2010, the year of the Guangzhou Asian Games, world-famous conductor Lorin Maazel presented the opening opera 'Turandot' for Guangzhou Opera House.
A stage photo of Turandot. (Photo: Liu Liqin)
On February 25th, 2011, architectural designer Zaha Hadid visited Guangzhou in person to unveil the first opera house built on her design in her lifetime.
The building was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects Award, and praised as mankind's greatest building, the best public building in the world, the most magnificent theatre, the most beautiful concert hall and billed among the top 10 opera houses in the world.
The opera house has achieved a balance of revenue and expenditure for 9 consecutive years, with its revenue exceeding 100 million RMB for 5 consecutive years now.
The theater has participated in various cultural events including the Guangzhou Art Festival, China International Youth Arts Festival, Guandong-Hong Kong-Macao GBA Culture and Arts Festival, and the China International Performing Arts Fair, as well as many international foreign affairs activities such as the Guangzhou Asian Games, the China-Egypt Cultural Year, the Russian Culture Festival in China and the Fortune Global Forum.
Guests of the Fortune Global Forum visit the Guangzhou Opera House. (Photo: Xiao Xiong)
The 2017 Guangzhou International Floral Art Exhibition and the World Flower Council (WFC) Annual Summit kicked off on September 19 at the Guangzhou Opera House. (Photo: Xiao Xiong)
So far, over 1,300 Chinese and foreign art groups comprising of about 32,000 artists have performed on the stage of Guangzhou Opera House, bringing 4,038 performances and over 1,900 activities in the forms of opera, musical, drama, dance and music, with an average of more than 400 performances staged each year.
Of the performers, the oldest was 90 years old and the youngest only 5.
The venue has attracted a total of 5 million residents.
Music is the most popular type of performance, accounting for 22% of the shows.
The top 3 popular performances are: The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd-Webber, the 2017 opera Aida by Verdi as well as Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker in concert.
A stage photo of The Phantom of the Opera. (Photo: Yangcheng Evening News/Wei Hui)
Many other top orchestras have also visited the opera house: the Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint-Petersburg Academic Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresden National Symphony Orchestra and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra have all performed in Guangzhou.
Since 2010, one large-scale opera has been introduced or produced each year: Turandot, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, The Lady of the Camellias, Carmen, The Magic Flute and more.
2019 was the busiest year yet at the opera house, with capacity reaching 90% utilisation.
Tony Awards best musical 'Titanic The Musical' is staged at the theater in 2019. (Photo: Guangzhou Opera House)
A total of 2.53 million tickets have been sold over the past ten years, and the length of all these tickets add up to the height of 856 Canton towers.
The staff have presented 5,870 bouquets to the artists.
Artists' favourite energy supply has been coffee, 73,000 packets of which was consumed over the past ten years.
A night view of the the Guangzhou Opera House. (Photo: Xiao Xiong)
The Art Education Center of Guangzhou Opera House has trained 10,322 future artists, created 8 courses and 3 performance groups.
It has set up a series of art management workshops, organizing 33 academic activities with 4,000 participants in total;
It has 500,000 members and over 1.23 million followers on its official WeChat and Weibo accounts.
The opera house created its first opera 'Marco Polo' themed on the Belt and Road in 2018, which was performed in Italy.
It has promoted the globalization of Guangdong's art groups and excellent performances. Over 300 Lingnan cultural and artistic masterpieces have been staged to date in Guangzhou Opera House.
A stage photo of dance drama 'Awakening Lion' (Photo: Li Xihua)
Musical 'Lady Xiguan' is staged at the theater during the 2016 China International Performing Arts Fair (CIPAF) of Guangzhou. (Photo: Li Xihua)
It launched China's first online play 'Waiting for Godot' in 2020, which attracted around 290,000 people simultaneously watching online, making it the play with the largest number of audience members in a single showing.
Preserving the unique artistic memory for a city is the opera house's philosophy.
Authors: Monica Liu, Zoey Huang & Zero Ho (intern)
Editor: Simon Haywood