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Composer: Guo Wenjing (b. 1956)

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Year of birth1956
Period20th century
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Riding the Wind
December 2018
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Hong KongLong Yu | Scheherazade

Guo Wenjing, Barber, Rimsky-Korsakov
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Long Yu; Alban Gerhardt
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National Ballet of China's bittersweet The Peony Pavilion

Ma Xiaodong © National Ballet of China
A stunning visual spectacle that merges ballet with conceptual art and ancient Chinese Opera.
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The Peony Pavilion : mixed feelings

A scene from The Peony Pavilion © The National Ballet of China
Mixed feelings at the Lincoln Center, where the National Ballet of China performs The Peony Pavillon.
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The Inner Landscape at the Holland Festival

Shen Tiemei © Janiek Dam
A mélange of documentary, Chinese opera and contemporary music does not really bind into a solid whole, but Sichuan opera star Shen Tiemei’s performance is complete musical theatre.
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Hybrid Chinese chamber opera Feng Yi Ting a learning experience at Luminato in Toronto

©  Julia Lynn
The chamber-opera Feng Yi Ting is a high-grade hybrid. The composer/librettist is Chinese, the director is Armenian-Canadian, and both are outstanding in their fields. Guo Wenjing belongs to the elite 200 students admitted to Beijing’s Central Conservatory in 1978 when it reopened after the Cultural Revolution.
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Beijing comes to London: Beijing Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall

Tan Lihua  ©  courtesy Albion Media
Mention Beijing in London at the moment and some allusion to opening ceremonies, sports or medals will undoubtedly follow (with an optional grumble about the transport system tagged on the end).
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