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“Turandot” Debuts At Beijing’s Bird’s Nest

Zhang Yimou Directs The Puccini Masterpiece For Second Time

Zhang Yimou is directing "Turandot" for the second time; This time in a much newer venue

Zhang Yimou is directing "Turandot" for the second time; This time in a much newer venue

Chinese director Zhang Yimou has, over the years, become the “go-to” man for large-scale productions in China. From his “Impression” shows in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and elsewhere in China to the opening ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics, Zhang has developed a name for himself as more than a filmmaker. This week, Zhang flexes his theatrical muscles once again, directing the Puccini opera Turandot for the second time (the first was in 1998) at one of the country’s largest venues — Beijing’s National Stadium, colloquially known as the “Bird’s Nest.”

Sina English, via Xinhua, writes about the debut performance:

The opera began at about 7:30 p.m. The composing team set up a 1,000 square meter screen with 40 million pixels and 32 projectors at the stadium.

“The Bird’s Nest version of ‘Turandot’ brings to the audience a completely new audio-visual feast with modern and fashionable elements,” said Zhang.

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