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Opera Takes Center Stage in Wuzhen 2019-01-02
The 3rd Wuzhen Theater Festival, a feast of operas and an occasion for opera lovers across the globe to have fun, is scheduled to be held in October at Wuzhen Grand Theater in Wuzhen Ancient Town. Wuzhen Ancient Town is a historical water town with a long history, resting by the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal and was the venue for the 2014 World Internet Conference. Lasting from October 15 to October 24, 2015, the 3rd Wuzhen Theater Festival is an excellent introduction to the world of opera.

The theme of the upcoming festival is ‘Transmittal’, focusing on the transmission of opera culture from one generation to the next and from one country to another. There is really no venue better than the time-honored Wuzhen Ancient Town to act as the transmitter of the opera culture, the festival providing a platform to enable opera masters to pass on their unique interpretation of opera to a promising new generation of performers.

As an international event, Wuzhen Theater Festival has invited the renowned Peter Brook, an award winning theatre and film director, to serve as the Honorary Chairman, apart from introducing an unprecedentedly high number of international operas into the event.

To get more youngsters to participate in the event to pursue their dreams of working in operas, in addition to the ‘Best Opera Award’ with a money award of 200,000 RMB and the ‘Best Individual Performance Award’ with a money award of 50,000 RMB, the ‘Special Mention Award’ has been set up. The team honored with this award will be provided an opportunity to visit one of the three major opera festivals to watch and study: Berlin Theater Festival, Russian Theater Festival or the Avignon Festival in France, with travel costs covered by the festival.

This year the opera competition is also based on the theme of ‘transmittal’ and entrants are required to perform using only a circle, a lamp and a kiss to demonstrate the theme. To enter for the competition, one can visit the official website of the festival www.wuzhenfestival.com. 12 shortlisted candidates will be announced on August 31, 2015, who will then perform at the festival, and three surviving finalists will compete fiercely for the title of winner.

During the festival, Wuzhen Ancient Town will be overflowing with opera masters from both home and abroad not only sharing their experiences, but also providing opera classes to enable the people to immerse themselves in the study of opera from different areas. The classes will last eight days, from October 16 to 23, at XiZha Scenic Area of Wuzhen Ancient Town with a cap on the number of students accepted into the program, the maximum being 50. The tuition fee is 8,000 RMB per person, and the classes will last three hours a day, from 9:00 am to noon. On-site enrollment is not available - prospective students can enroll by submitting their application online, the details for which can be found on the official website of Wuzhen Theater Festival.

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