On September 12th and from 14th to 16th, French composer Delibes' opera Lakmé will make its debut. The opera was produced by the NCPA in collaboration with the Royal Opera House Muscat, Fondazione Arena di Verona and Los Angeles Opera. On the afternoon of August 21st, all the creative team and cast members in Beijing attended the NCPA press conference, where ZHANG Yao, Vice President of the NCPA, the conductor Jean-Luc Tingaud, Hasmik Torosyan and Beate Ritter, who play the role of Lakmé in the opera, Marco Ziaboni and ZHANG Long, who portray Gerald, and so on, shared the highlights of this version of Lakmé and their personal views.
Guided by the principle of gradual and steady development, the NPCA has successively staged the French operas composed by French composers well-known to the audience, including Bizet, Offenbach, Saint-Saëns, Massenet, and Gounod. To highlight its classic and diverse productions, the NCPA continues to expand the sources of global operas, with Delibes’ opera to be put on for the first time.
The opera Lakmé, premiered in 1883, is based on Le Mariage de Loti, a drama by the French playwright Gondinet. Once published, the work made its debut at major European theatres and spread to the UK and the USA. Having been sung for 140 years, many of the arias in the opera remain popular. Despite the wide use of these arias in films and TV series, advertisements, and popular music, very few unabridged versions of this opera have ever been staged in China. This time, the audience will not only get into the charm of the most beautiful coloratura on the scene, but also have empathy for the pure and beautiful world of love built in the opera.
This year happens to be the tenth anniversary of the “Belt and Road” Initiative and the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Oman. Jointly produced and presented by four international art institutions, including the NCPA and Royal Opera House Muscat, this version of Lakmé is designed to be an international first-class production by a creative team of artists from Italy, France, Austria and some other countries.
David Livermore, the director of the opera, is a versatile artist. This time, he will serve as both the director and choreographer, with a modern, exotic stage effect to be created.
Under the baton of French conductor Jean-Luc Tingaud, this splendid French opera will be staged by Hasmik Torosyan, Beate Ritter, Marco Ziaboni, ZHANG Long, Pierre Doyen, ZHANG Wenwei, Serena Malfi, HAO Miao, ZHANG Wenqin, HU Yue, and KOU Jing hand in hand with the artists from the China NCPA Chorus and China NCPA Orchestra. Gripping dance scenes in this opera will be presented by the China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater Dance Ensemble.