2024.06.29(周六 Sat) 19:30
Address:Ningbo Grand Theatre
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Conductor XU Zhong

As one of the most internationally renowned Chinese pianist and conductor in the world, Xu Zhong is currently president of Shanghai Opera House, Chief Conductor of Suzhou Symphony Orchestra, Dean of Soochow University School of Music, Principal Director of Fondazione Arena di Verona, International Chair of Opera of Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, External Expert Observer of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, Independent Non-Executive Director of NetEase Cloud Music. Between 2012 and 2015, he was Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Teatro Massimo Bellini. Between 2013 and 2019, he was Music Director and Chief Conductor of Israel Haifa Symphony Orchestra.

Xu Zhong received the rigorous formal piano music education in the class of Dominique Merlet at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with the sponsorship of Chow Ching Lie Foundation. As a conductor, he learned with Prof. Xiaotong Huang and Maestro Piero Rattalino. Xu Zhong showed his exceptional genius in piano in his early years, and was reviewed as a top artistic pianist bursting on to the world stage. He won numerous prestigious international competitions including Maria Canals, Hamamatsu, Santander Paloma O'Shea, Tokyo and Tchaikovsky. These awards have established Xu Zhong's status as a pianist in the international music world. As a soloist, he was frequently invited to perform in most of the prestigious music festivals in Vienna, Luxembourg, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Nice, Naantali and Hamamatsu. In the capacity of jury, Xu Zhong was regularly invited to the most renowned international piano competitions, including Busoni, Clara Haskil, AXA Dublin, Leeds, Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud, Sviatoslav Richter, Hamamatsu and Seoul.

Over the years, Xu Zhong has been actively worked with many prestigious orchestras, including Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Real Orquesta Sinfonica De Sevilla, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, etc. His talent in conducting, in particular, has been acknowledged in the leading opera houses in Europe and worldwide - Teatro alla Scala, Teatro La Fenice, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Arena di Verona, Liceu Grand Theatre, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Opéra de Paris, Royal Opera House, Oper Leipzig, New York Metropolitan Opera House, San Francisco Opera House, Sydney Opera House, etc. His repertoire includes Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, La Traviata, Aida, IL Trovatore, La Bohème, Tosca, Turandot, Suor Angelica, La Cenerentola, Le Nozze di Figaro, Der fliegende Holländer, Die Fledermaus, Das Land des Lächelns, Elektra, Carmen, La voix humaine, Orphee aux enfers, Aleko, Don Giovanni and etc.

XU Zhong works actively in the production and performance of classic Western operas in China, and promotes collaboration and co-productions with the world's best opera houses. In 2018, he participated in producing Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer, a co-production between the Shanghai Opera House and the Erfurt Theater, and conducted the premiere. In the same year, the co-production of Das Land des Lächelns by the Shanghai Opera House and the Müpa Budapest was presented at the "Chinese Spring Culture Festival" in Hungary.Over the years, XU Zhong has participated in the production and performance of "Aida", "Carmen", "Turandot","Cavalleria Rusticana","Pagliacci". Even during the pandemic when international exchanges are almost impossible, he still managed to produce "Don Giovanni", and carried out rehearsals and performances via online platforms.In February 2023, XU Zhong invited renowned Italian theatre director Marco Carniti and Chinese director YANG Jingze to co-direct La Boheme, a new production of the Shanghai Opera House.He played an important role in the co-production of Tosca between the National Centre of Performing Arts (NCPA), the Shanghai Opera House and the Shaanxi Grand Theatre, which has opened a new mode of in-depth cooperation in domestic opera productions.He also realised the first collaboration among the Shanghai Opera House, the Shanghai Grand Theatre and the Bavarian State Opera,and will premiere the co-production of Wagner's Lohengrin in Septemeber.

Xu Zhong also supports and promotes the development of Chinese original opera, and has conducted works including Shennong, Tian Han, The Morning Bell, The Diary of John Rabe, Love in Songmao Ridge and Homecoming. He also devotes himself to music creation. In 2021, he was invited by the Shanghai Theater Academy to compose the music for drama Outpost. In 2022, he wrote song Report to You. He is the artistic director and composer of original opera Homecoming, which is awarded as the major literary and artistic creation project funded by the Shanghai Cultural Development Foundation. He was also invited to create the music for dance drama White Snake. He is also the leader and one of the composers of the original choral symphony The Land of Rejuvenation, which won the 2022-2023 Symphony of The Times - Chinese Symphonic Music Works Creation Support Program of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

On February 11 2020,XU Zhong initiated a global music relay project, allying first class orchestras and opera houses from all over the world to encourage Chinese people in fighting against Coronavirus by using the power of music. On April 22 2020,as a continuation of the global music relay project, joining the hands with the Shanghai Radio, XU Zhong launched a special 12-hour broadcast program named MUSIC ONE WORLD. In April 2021, XU Zhong was the artistic director and conductor of the 'Music Day' of the 37th Shanghai Spring International Music Festival, including a seven-hour live broadcast and opening concert.

In 2010, Xu Zhong was awarded the "Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres", and was promoted as the "Officier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" in 2018 by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, France, for his contributions in classic music and cultural exchange.

In 2021, Xu Zhong was awarded with the honorary title of International Chair in Opera by the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. In the meantime, the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World announced Xu Zhong as its External Expert Observer (he was originally invited to be one of the jury members, but due to COVID-19 travel restrictions he is unable to be present in person). Cardiff Singer of the World has a long tradition of working with leading musicians and artists including Sir Antonio Pappano, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir David Pountney and Sir Brian McMaster among many others, for expert comments. In July, he was featured in Public Service Advertising on Times Square Digital Billboard, which is not only a successful overseas promotion of the Shanghai Opera House, but a powerful demonstration of Shanghai's soft power. On December 2, NetEase Cloud Music is officially listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and has appointed Xu Zhong as the Independent Non-Executive Director of the company. He is the first musician in China to serve as an independent non-executive director of a listed company.

Bariton Luca Grassi

Born in the Republic of San Marino, after graduating in engineering at the University of Bologna he studied singing with Paride Venturi.

Winning the Città di Roma competition he made his debut with LA TRAVIATA (Germont). He has sung many French roles, among others the title role in Werther’s baritone version. Notable productions have been LA BOHÈME (Glyndebourne), LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES (Venezia with Viotti, Verona, Madrid with Oren, Firenze), LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Bergamo, St.Gallen, Dallas and Seoul), MARINO FALIERO, GIOVANNA D'ARCO (St.Gallen, with Del Monaco), LA TRAVIATA (Montreal), BEATRICE DI TENDA (Catania), UN BALLO IN MASCHERA (St.Gallen, Berlin, Parma, Frankfurt and Essen), LA STRANIERA (Baden-Baden with Gruberova, Essen), OTELLO (Tel Aviv), ATTILA (St.Gallen with Poda), LA FORZA DEL DESTINO (Pisa), L'AFRICAINE (Venezia), RIGOLETTO (Essen), CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (acts Alfio) and PAGLIACCI (acts Tonio) in Beijing, San Paolo del Brasile, ABAO Bilbao and Leipzig.

He has collaborated with important conductors like: Callegari, Ciampa, De Bernart, Gatti, Guingal, Jurowski, Kovatchev, Kuhn, Luisotti, Maazel, Oren, etc.

Soprano Laura Giordano

Soprano Laura Giordano was born in Palermo and made her operatic debut at a very young age in the title roles of the operas I PAZZI PER PROGETTO Donizetti and Rossini’s ADINA at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. Her first vocal studies were with Maria Chiara and with Renata Scotto.Since then she has become a regular performer at many of the most prestigious international stages, collaborating with many distinguished opera conductors, such as Riccardo Muti, Zubin Metha, Antonio Pappano, Riccardo Chailly, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Giancarlo Del Monaco and Graham Vick. Theatres where she has been a frequent guest include Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Salzburger Festspiele Pfingsten, Opéra National de Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées de Paris, Théâtre du Châtelet de Paris, Teatro San Carlo Napoli, and Teatro La Fenice Venice. Great festivals where she has sung include Rossini Opera Festival di Pesaro, Santa Fe Opera Festival, Ravenna Festival, Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and among many international orchestras are Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bayerische Rundfunk in Münich, Konzerthaus in Berlin. Among her most performed and acclaimed roles are Susannah LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Nanetta FALSTAFF, Oscar UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Amina LA SONNAMBULA, Adina L’ELISIR D’AMORE.


Bozo Donaty, a wealthy businessman, was dying when a crowd of friends and relatives gathered to inherit his vast fortune. When bolso died, relatives and friends after a search of the house only to find that Bolso's will states that the entire estate donated to a church. While disappointed but unwilling relatives and friends were trying to think of a solution, Nuccio, in his youth, called in a resourceful Gianni Schicchi and pleaded with him that, for the sake of his daughter Lauretta's true love for him, help me think of something. Although Sky to these arrogant, belittling their relatives and friends very indignant, but ultimately can not withstand his daughter's petulant pleading agreed to come down.

The Gianni Schicchi's idea seemed crazy. He was going to pretend to be the terminally ill bolso and invite the notary to come and make a new will in public. However, when Skiki pretended to promise his friends and relatives what they wanted, the mad scheme was embraced by everyone. The notary appeared and pretended that Sky, who was lying in bed, already had other plans in mind, "I give my fortune to the church for five lire, to my friends and relatives for a thousand lire, and to my dearest Gianni Schicchi for the rest of the money and the mules and horses, the sawmill, and the house in Florence," he said with a quavering voice, aggrieved relatives and friends are afraid to speak out because of their impending inheritance and fear of legal sanctions. Will, the notary left, the moment has a large wealth of sky jumped from the bed, will snobbish, greedy relatives and friends are dispersed. Lauretta, a dowry-bearing daughter, was no longer opposed by Nuccio's aunt, and married her sweetheart.







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