A Beijing Lohengrin for sure. Perhaps a Ring Cycle too?

While waiting for my Tosca companion in the NCPA foyer, I came across this poster, which is a call for auditions for next year’s opera festival. Everything looks normal, but one thing stands out: an audition call for Lohengrin. Perhaps the NCPA programmers finally feel that Beijing is ready for Wagner. Perhaps in not too distant a future, a Beijing Ring?

The NCPA audition calls, the complete list:

  • Rossini’s La Cenerentola
  • Mozart’s Figaro
  • Verdi’s Traviata and Un Ballo
  • Puccini’s Butterfly and Tosca
  • Strauss’ Fledermaus
  • Wagner’s Lohengrin
  • Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci
  • Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana
  • China-themed operas: Xishi (西施), Zhaoshi Guer (赵氏孤儿), Yunhe Yao (运河遥).
2012 Opera Festival Auditions. There shall be Wagner. Perhaps a Beijing Ring in the works as well?

2012 Opera Festival Auditions. There shall be Wagner. Perhaps a Beijing Ring in the works as well?

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3 comments on “A Beijing Lohengrin for sure. Perhaps a Ring Cycle too?

  1. Stefan says:

    Mr. Vinke performed “Tristan” some days ago in Bayreuth. At Bayreuth website future performances in Beijing (as Lohengrin) are mentioned by the press department…

  2. TFS says:

    @Stefan: thanks for your valuable info! I heard Vinke’s Tristan earlier this year, when Leipzig brought Robert Carsen’s production to the HK Arts Festival. I was very impressed by Vinke’s indefatigable vocal delivery and dramatic passion back then, and I’ll surely look forward to his Lohengrin next year.

  3. […] is scheduled to sing the title role in Lohengrin, in a brand-new NCPA production in Beijing which I noted on this site earlier. Having heard Vinke as Tristan in Hong Kong earlier this year, I’m confident the new Beijing […]

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