Over the past 25 years, Asian Performing Arts has supported over 100 Chinese musicians from all disciplines in music, be it instrumental, composition or vocal, in their training and career development.
In 2011, we launched the historical initiative, I SING BEIJING, which is the first-ever program to train Western singers in lyric Mandarin. The program, now in its third year has garnered international media attention and has taken the new name - I SING! International Young Artists Festival. You can link to all of the information on this summer's festival by visiting: www.isingfestival.org.
I SING! International Young Artists Festival Suzhou, China July 3 - August 6, 2014 Intensive Western Opera Training With an Introduction to Chinese Modern Opera and Mandarin as a Lyric Language
The I SING! International Young Artists Festival will debut this summer as the first-ever young artists festival in China. Inviting top graduate-level singers from the East and West, the Festival will offer essential training in Western-style opera and a unique opportunity for Western singers to be exposed to the vibrantly developing opera scene in China. All classes will be held at the state-of-the-art Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre.
Under the artistic directorship of Hao Jiang Tian, with a distinguished international faculty of experts including coaches from the Metropolitan Opera, the one-month Festival will offer classes in interpretation of mainstream Western repertoire, Mandarin diction, stagecraft with a focus on performance style of Chinese modern operas, as well as classes in Chinese language, culture and arts administration, with ample performance opportunities, including the Suzhou Grand Theatre designed by the French architect Paul Andreu, whose other impressive work includes Beijing's NCPA.
Continuing on the heels of the successful program I SING BEIJING, a pioneering program that was held two summers in Beijing, garnered extensive international media and had a debut concert at New York’s Lincoln Center, the I SING! Festival will have an even greater focus on multiple international performances and will grow each summer in various locations throughout China, with further plans to expand worldwide.
Suzhou is an ancient city full of culture and charm. It has often been compared to "paradise on earth" by the literati and is renowned for the classic gardens, canals, silks, lakes, operas, legends and museums.
For more information about the 2014 I SING! Festival, please visit the program's website at: www.isingfestival.org.
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