The Future of Opera Could Be in China

Monday, September 05, 2011

Most of us think of opera as a traditionally Western art. Historically, the best composers wrote in French, Italian, German or English — until now. Over the past decade, the Chinese government has devoted millions to new opera houses, opera festivals and music education. The Chinese investment in opera has piqued the interest of classical music students here in the U.S., where budget-cutting has sapped funding for the arts.

We're speaking with Hao Jiang Tian, an experienced opera singer who was born in China and trained in the U.S. Tian is the director of "I Sing Beijing," a program that brings American and European opera students to China for training in Chinese language and opera. We're also talking with Kurt Kanazawa, an American opera student and participant in the "I Sing Beijing" program.


Kurt Kanazawa and Hao Jiang Tian

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [1]

Angel from Miami, FL

The one-party system is the best hope for the Arts in China. I mean when individuals aren't allowed to express themselves, they should be glad that the People's government is there to pick up the slack. Yay?

Sep. 07 2011 09:32 AM

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