China NCPA Chorus is the resident chorus of National Centre for the Performing Arts.
China NCPA Chorus was established on December 8th, 2009. WU Lingfen, the famous conductor in China, serves as its chorus master. As the professional performing group that belongs to the highest palace of performing arts in China, the chorus adheres to the NCPA's guiding principle of "for the people, for art, for the world" and is recognized as a vigorous professional chorus with infinite potential.
She once served as the deputy head of the Conducting Department of the Central Conservatory of Music and the head of the Conducting Department of China Conservatory of Music. Under her baton, numerous music pieces of various genres, such as symphony, opera and drama were performed brilliantly. In 1986, she took up advanced studies in the former Soviet Union, majoring in opera and symphony conducting. After returning to China, she threw herself into the teaching and research of choral conducting. As the guest conductor of the Chorus at the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China in 1994, she directed many performances overseas on behalf the state. She has been the judge of all previous highest-level chorus competitions in China and many international chorus competitions. In 2003, she founded the Conducting Department at China Conservatory of Music, focusing on the teaching of choral conducting. As the first head of the Conducting Department, she initiated many special teaching methods, set a sound curriculum, and introduced characteristic teaching contents. She has provided her useful experiences in the cultivation of choral conductors for teachers in this field nationwide. In December 2009, she served as the conductor of China NCPA Chorus, contributing much to its development. She conducted a host of concerts on classics from China and beyond, concerts on HUANG Zi’s chorus works, and concerts with distinctive styles of the Chinese ethnic minority groups, such as “Spring Is Here”, “Intense Homesickness：The NCPA Chorus Concert Marking the 110th Anniversary of the Birth of HUANG Zi”, “Silence in the Filed: Concert on Russian Classics”, “Right Here Waiting for You”, “Melody from the Grassland”, and “Wonders of the World”. She is a rare choral conductor acting as both a teacher and performer in China, making outstanding contributions to music education and the development and popularization of chorus undertakings. What’s more, she is a part-time professor with a number of teaching units and a guest conductor of many amateur art groups, doing a great deal of social education work.
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Dedicated to the staging of epic operas, ballets and dance dramas, the golden Opera House is considered the centerpiece of the NCPA. Its main tone is golden color, which looks glamorous and splendid. In the auditorium are the stalls and three higher levels of balconies, which can seat an audience of 2,207, including the venue of SRO. It is equipped with a modern stage that can be moved up/down/backward/forward or rotated, a ballet stage that can slant, and a rising orchestra pit for the triple winds orchestra. All the cutting-edge staging mechanism provides artists with enormous possibilities of creative performance.