Shangyin Opera House in Shanghai

The Shangyin Opera House in Shanghai opens its doors today. The theatre was built by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. It is an 8-story structure, including three underground levels, has a theatre with 1,200 seats along with four rehearsal halls as well as a lecture hall. Each seat has a touchscreen display fitted in the back showing subtitles in nine different languages.

It is located on the corner of Huaihai Lu and Fenyang Lu Roads, only five minutes down the road from the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall.

The building is constructed on a spring isolator that cuts out the vibrations from the metro line directly beneath.

Shangyin Opera House in Shanghai

After the opening ceremony on October 18, the venue will enter a year-long soft opening, with sporadic shows testing the structure. Doors are expected to open for good in summer 2020.

The inauguration will be performed by Milan’s Teatro alla Scala. It will present three performances of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera on 18, 20 and 22 October directed by Frederic Wake-Walker and the Scala’s baroque ensemble, and three of Die Zauberflöte directed by Peter Stein and the Orchestra dell’Accademia. All performances are conducted by Diego Fasolis.

Meanwhile the city of Shanghai is building the Grand Opera House, according to a project of the Norwegian Architects Snohetta. It will be inaugurated in 2023.

Grand Opera, Shanghai
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