9th and 10th October 2012, 7:30 pm

Mei Lanfang Grand Theatre

Christoph Willibald Gluck
Karsten Gundermann

l‘arte del mondo
& Chinese National Peking Opera Company

„Le Cinesi” - an entertaining opera for Baroque Ensemble and ­Peking Opera. This hitherto unique combination creates an inter­cultural total work of art, which enthralled both fans of Peking ­Opera as well as lovers of Western classical music and contempo­rary experimental theatre. „Le Cinesi” is based on a baroque opera by Christoph Willibald Gluck, first presented in 1754, which was reviewed and edited by the two authors Kui Sheng/Karsten ­Gundermann. Four acclaimed Italian opera stars and two Peking Opera artists are acting on the stage together, whilst from the orchestra pit we hear the sounds of the baroque orchestra l‘arte del mondo based in ­Cologne/Leverkusen and the Chinese National ­Peking Opera ­Company, jointly directed by Igor Folwill and Kui Sheng. Following successful performances in Germany and Switzer­land, the first guest performance of „Le Cinesi” in Beijing will take place on the ­occasion of the 40th anniversary of Sino-German ­Diplomatic Relations, a cultural event not to be missed!

(original language: italian/chinese. subtitles: english and german)

„..a fabulously successful project, a fusion between two opera cultures which could hardly be more different.”
„...virtuoso performance, very entertaining...”
Die Welt
„...Gundermann and Kui not only demonstrate striking artistic skills, the success of their show is more than overwhelming.”
Märkische Allgemeine