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International artists return to city stage

International artists and troupes are making a return to Shanghai’s performing arts scene after more than three years.

The Shanghai Oriental Art Center has unveiled its spring-summer performance season. On the list are the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chelyabinsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, Russian pianist Andrei Ivanovich, Polish pianist Katarzyna Borek and French violinist Renaud Capucon.

The spring-summer season from March to August will have 61 productions in 91 performances, including music concerts, dance, drama and opera.

Frenchman Renaud Capucon will give a violin recital on May 19, making him the first international artist to perform at the art center since the pandemic.

A recital of Polish pianist Katarzyna Borek is scheduled for June 3, followed by a performance by Russian pianist Andrei Ivanovich on June 4.

Also in June, the Chelyabinsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater will bring two ballet productions, “Swan Lake” (June 9 and 10) and “Anna Karenina” (June 16-18), to the art center.

On June 25, the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor and Symphony No. 2 in E minor under the baton of conductor Nikolay Alexeev. Daniel Kharitonov, a 24-year-old Russian pianist, will also perform.

Shanghai Oriental Art Center’s spring-summer season will also feature domestic artists and troupes.

Peking Opera artist Shi Yihong will star in “New Dragon Inn” next Friday and “The Unicorn Purse” next Saturday.

Violinist Lu Siqing, winner of the Paganini Competition, will perform with Major Ensemble on March 25, playing Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and Piazzolla’s “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.”

A recital of cellist Wang Jian is scheduled for April 28. Pianist Xue Yingjia will accompany him.

On June 9, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Shostakovich’s works under the direction of Zhang Guoyong.

Luo Ning, a jazz pianist, will give a crossover concert on June 17.

On June 22, tenor Shi Yijie and pianist Chen Sa will perform at a concert of Chinese art songs.

Conductor Xu Zhong will lead the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 on June 30.

A recital of pianist Zhang Haochen is on August 8.

In terms of drama, actress Hao Lei will star in the play “Parasite” from April 14 to 16. The drama is based on the Oscar-winning South Korean film of the same name.

Stan Lai’s signature drama production, “The Village,” will return to the art center stage from July 21 to 23.


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