Inaugural premiere: La Traviata, opera in Italian by Giuseppe Verdi, November 8, 2016 and November 9, 2016 with two different casts. Performances will take place in Beijing's Century Theater, the same venue where the gala concert for the Laiyin Opera featuring baritone Keqing Liu was held in April, 2016 which was conducted by Maestro Helge Dorsch, who has subsequently been appointed as the artistic director of the new Laiyin Opera.
On 19 April, 2017 a Gala Concert will take place under the direction of Helge Dorsch in order to to celebrate the 60th birthday of the General Director Keqing Liu. Location: Tian Qiao Theatre (Temple of Heaven Park), Beijing.
For July, 2017 a tour of China is planned with the only existing Chinese Belcanto-Opera “The Savage Land” by Jin Xiang. Conductor: Helge Dorsch
The Savage Land (Yuanye) is a 1987 Chinese-language western-style opera by composer Jin Xiang to a libretto by Wan Fang (born 1952) after her own father Cao Yu's 1937 play The Wilderness (also Yuanye). It was performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington in 1992, then again in Vancouver in 1998
On 30 October 2017, Turandot, opera in Italian by Giacomo Puccini will be performed in concert version starring Chunqing Zhang in the title role and Helge Dorsch conducting. The location is very romantic and appropriate fur this opera: Tian Qiao Theatre (Theatre in the Temple of Heaven Park, Beijing)
In 2018, Turandot will be repeated in a monumental staged version. Intended venue: Gongren Tiyuchang (Workers' Stadium, Beijing)
During the performance of Turandot, there will be a mass wedding of thousands of couples from all over China, saying their vows together with Princess Turandot and Prince Kalaf on stage.
For 2018, another monumental production is planned: Carmen, opera in French by Georges Bizet, intended venue: Gongren Tiyuchang (the Workers' Stadium, Beijing)
Planning is also underway for various concerts of music for chorus and orchestra, including Beethoven's 9th symphony, conducted by Helge Dorsch and two Chinese Operas as well as Concerts featuring chamber music performed by Chinese and foreign artists.
La Traviata Cast List
La Traviata: review of the Inaugural Premiere
....the conducting of Helge Dorsch, the recently appointed Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Laiyin Opera, matched perfectly with Keqing Liu's magnificent staging.
His dynamic and spirited conducting full of verve inspired the choir and the orchestra to a truly outstanding performance.
He brought out the dramatic climaxes as well as all the subtleties of the score and perfectly underlined the emotional ups and downs of the title role La Traviata from glamorous parties to her tragic end.
The singers produced top performances under Helge Dorsch's inspiring conducting, above all Sonora Vaice as Violetta and Keqing Liu, outstanding both as a singer and as an actor.