On June 24th, soprano Renée Fleming graced the NCPA Concert Hall with her beautiful voice and elegant appearance, performing in collaboration with conductor ZHANG Xian and China NCPA Orchestra, which was very “thrilling”, as she later commented.
"I've been to China several times and every time I come, I'm really thrilled to see the increasing interest in Western classical music, and particularly in the art of song and in the vocal arts," said Renée Fleming Fleming, known as "the people's diva" in the United States, in a recent interview with Xinhua.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin / May 31, 2017
“If Beethoven knew that 200 years later, his Ninth Symphony, with its message of universal brotherhood and joy, would be performed in China with an American orchestra, a Canadian conductor, a Chinese chorus and soloists, he would be astounded.”—Yannick Nézet-Séguin
On May 31st, the Philadelphia Orchestra, under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, performed Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 together with China NCPA Chorus and four vocalists including SHEN Yang, SONG Yuanming, WANG Hongyao and XUE Haoyin.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin is now in his fifth season as the eighth artistic leader of The Philadelphia Orchestra.