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Songbird flits from stage to stage

By Chen Nan (China Daily)

09:08, May 10, 2012

Soprano Chen Xiaoduo is extending herself and taking on pop and folk singing roles. Photos by Wang Jing / China Daily

Renowned soprano Chen Xiaoduo made the bold move to sing beyond the operatic stage. She shares her journey with Chen Nan in Beijing.

The year was 2007 when soprano Chen Xiaoduo received a phone call from leading composer Chen Qigang asking her to be part of his production. And, as the saying goes, the rest is history.

Chen was already an acclaimed soprano then, having won Beijing's 2004 National Singing Competition. But, since she started her career as a traditional opera singer, she had not stood on another stage. That phone call in 2007 propelled her from one stage to another, even beyond the country's shores.

She was the first singer of You and Me, the 2008 Beijing Olympics theme song. She was also invited to sing a romantic ballad, Ring, together with pop singer Han Geng.

In 2010, she took a dip into pop and folk singing, as well as dancing, when she performed the lead role in the opera In That Remote Place. The production tells the story of Wang Luobin (1913-96), who's known as the "Father of Chinese Folk Music".

In 2011, she sang the theme song Qin and Huai Scenery for director Zhang Yimou's movie The Flowers of War.

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