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The Guildhall School of Music & Drama presents an evening of ‘Opera Scenes’ in London and Shanghai

A series of informal performances of classical and contemporary operatic excerpts will be performed in London in March and then move to the Shanghai Grand Theatre on 3 April.

GSMD Opera story

‘Opera Scenes’ opens on 25 March at Milton Court Studio Theatre in London and transfers to the Shanghai Grand Theatre on 3 April.

The performances take place during the UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange in 2015 and the Shanghai performances are supported by the City of London Corporation and the Shanghai Grand Theatre Arts Group Cultural Development Foundation.

The event forms part of a continuing development of the Guildhall School’s cultural relations with China. The School expects to subsequently receive a reciprocal visit from Chinese opera artists as well as other arts practitioners of the Shanghai Grand Theatre Arts Group in support of an Anglo-Chinese professional development programme.

Opera Scenes

This event is a great way to get a taster of several different operas. Opera Scenes is not a full-scale operatic production but a programme of scenes from several different operas interwoven within a single concept to form a continuous performance.

In ‘Opera Scenes’, 12 singers and two repetiteurs from the Guildhall School Opera Course will perform a range of excerpts in a workshop setting, including scenes from Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias, Handel’s Ariodanteand Mozart’s Così fan TutteMitridate and Don Giovanni. The programme also features Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Britten’s Albert Herring, Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann and concludes with excerpts from two Bellini operas – I Capuleti e I Montecchi and I Puritani – and Massenet’s Manon.

Performance Schedule


Milton Court Studio Theatre

Wednesday 25, Thursday 26 & Tuesday 31 March 2015 at 7pm

Saturday 28 March at 2.30pm,


Shanghai Grand Theatre

Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th 2015 at 7.30pm

For more information and tickets, visit the School’s website.

About the Guildhall School of Music & Drama

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama is one of the world’s leading conservatoires and drama schools, offering musicians, actors and theatre technicians an inspiring environment in which to develop as artists and professionals. Situated in the heart of the City of London, the School was rated No. 1 Music Institution in the Guardian University Guide 2014. Notable alumni include pianists Sa ChenChenyin Li and Paul Lewis, and singers Anne Sofie von Otter and Bryn Terfel CBE.

The Guildhall School has professional partnerships with many of the UK’s leading arts organisations, including the Royal Opera House, the Barbican Centre, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of Ancient Music.

In 2009, the Guildhall School and the Barbican hosted a successful UK-China arts and education forum, and the School will be co-ordinating a follow-up forum at the China Shanghai International Arts Festival in October. The School also holds auditions in China each year for students considering studying at its campus in London.

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