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Feast of talent announced for upcoming Shanghai arts fest

THE 14th Shanghai International Arts Festival, a one-month festival starting on October 18, will feature many well-known local, national and international performers, as well as a performance trade conference, a project to support youth artists and forums.

The classic opera "La Boheme" will be staged at Shanghai Grand Theatre as the opening show by Shanghai Grand Theater and Austria Salzburg Art Festival from October 18 to 20. At the closing ceremony on November 20 at the Oriental Art Center, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra will give a concert conducted by Valery Gergiev with the young, well-known Chinese pianist Lang Lang as soloist.

"There are in total 46 performances staged at the arts festival this year, half from local groups and half from international troupes and artists. We continue to bring high-end and classic works to audiences in Shanghai," said Liu Guowen, arts director of the festival.

The Stuttgart Ballet from Germany will bring the classic ballet "La Traviata." The world-class orchestra Staatskapelle Dresden will be conducted by Christian Thielemann. Young Chinese pianist Wang Yujia will collaborate with the San Francisco Symphony. Also performing will be the Taiwan Philharmonic Orchestra, Ireland's National Choir Anuna, opera queen Elaine Paige and famous Russian violinist Vadim Repin.

The festival will feature some excellent local original shows, including Yang Liping's ethnic dance drama "Peacock," the dance drama "One-Thousand-Hand Avalokitesvara" by Taiyuan Dance Company, Peking opera "Jian'an Anecdotes," folk dance drama "Zhou Xuan" by Shanghai Opera House, and the drama "The Piano in a Factory" by Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center.

China National Ballet Company brings the original ballet "Peony Pavilion" and the re-created classic "Red Detachment of Women." China National Theatre will perform Shakespeare's "Richard III." National Center for the Performing Arts will bring the Peking opera "Red Cliff" and "Han Yuniang." China Central National Orchestra will give the concert "The Land So Rich in Beauty," a dialogue between traditional and new folk music.

Exhibitions will be held at Shanghai Art Museum, which on October 1 opens at the rebuilt China Pavilion in 2010 Shanghai Expo. Shanghai Modern Art Museum, rebuilt from the former Future Pavilion, will be open as well. More information, with a version in English, is available at Get tickets at Kangding Road 211. Hotline numbers are 6272-0202 and 6272-0455.


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