Chinese opera "Turandot" to be presented in Syria

08:43, May 05, 2010      

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Syria is expecting the excellent Chinese opera "Turandot" performance from May 6 to 8, head of a Syria theater told Xinhua Tuesday.

Hanan Kassab Hasan, general manager of Syria's National Dar al- Assad Opera Theatre, said on Tuesday that China National Opera House (CNOH) will present the opera "Turandot" in Damascus from May 6 to 8.

The opera masterpiece will be conducted by Yu Feng, CNOH's president, with 160 Chinese performers and staff for this tour, said Hasan.

She pointed out that CNOH's Syria tour marks the first collaboration between the national opera theatres of the two countries and great event in the history of cultural exchange and cooperation between the two great ancient civilizations.

"It's a great event to celebrate the theatre's 6th anniversary, " Hasan said.

"We hope that 'Turandot' would be an example to promote Syrian opera performing," she added, referring to the great success which "Turandot" has achieved worldly.

"It is the first time we invite a foreign opera house to present in Dar al-Assad Opera Theatre since it opened in 2004," Hasan said.

Syria's national Dar Al-Assad Opera Theatre is a modern theatre inaugurated in 2004, which is a new landmark in Damascus.

Li Huaxin, the Chinese ambassador in Damascus, said that it is a great event which manifested the deep nature of the Chinese- Syrian bilateral relationships.

"I would like on the occasion to highlight the excellent traditional relationship between China and Syria. It is a historical relationship since the Silk Road Era," the Chinese ambassador said.

Source: Xinhua
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