On Saturday 19 August at Forlì and on Sunday 20 August at the Rimini Meeting, more than 150 artists will play for two significant concerts with the crown jewel of the Chinese Opera tradition, The China National Opera House Beijing, conducted by Yang Yang, one of the best internationally conductors.

As part of the Emilia Romagna Festival, the greatest Opera House of China -and of the whole Asia-Pacific region- will perform at the San Giacomo church in San Domenico in Forlì in “La Lunga Marcia” in form of concert. “La Lunga Marcia” was a military retreat undertaken by the Chinese Red Army commanded by Mao Zedong. Hundred thousand soldiers started from Jiangxi; the army took 370 days to travel about 8,000 miles of arid highlands, trackless and snowy mountains, and large rivers. The China National Opera House will display the first Italian performance of “La Lunga Marcia”, offering an unprecedented portrait of this feat of Chinese history and revolution. The concert will take place in Forlì, where one of the most important Chinese communities of Italy resides.

At the Rimini Meeting in the Arena Spettacoli D3 (Rimini Fiera), the artists of the Chinese National Opera House will perform, in a concert form, the “Madama Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini, an Italian opera written for Japanese contexts and characters; it is a story of love and death and cohesion between different cultures. China National Opera House’s Soloists, choir and orchestra will perform.

Established in 1952, the China National Opera House consists of an opera crew, a choir, a symphony orchestra, a stagecraft department, and other departments. The Opera crew consists of excellent opera singers, many of whom have won important lyric competitions both in the country and abroad. All the choir artists have graduated in the best music conservatories and boast an excellent musical training and an expressive vocal ability. The symphony orchestra frequently participates in the most prestigious performances in China and abroad and is one of China’s most popular symphony orchestras.

Yang Yang won the 2016 Dimitri Mitropoulos International Conducting Match Award in Greece. He has collaborated with numerous foreign orchestras such as Deutsches Symphonie Orchester of Berlin, German Philharmonic Orchestra of Cologne, Orchestra Filarmonica of Rome, Verona Opera House, and many other. He is one of the youngest China conductors, however he has already worked with some of the most famous musicians of the world.