Opera lovers always have wished to experience a performance of Turandot in its original setting, where the genius of Puccini placed his masterwork. For years I have dreamed of conducting such an event. Now this dream comes true. Having been chosen and invited by the government of the People's Republic of China to realize this authentic performance together with the orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is the highest honor and recognition. For the first time ever will a "foreign" theater in Beijing perform the "Chinese" opera Turandot - providing a spectacular occasion for the stage debut of a great Chinese film director.

ZUBIN MEHTA
Florence, Jan. 30, 1997

 



I just cannot imagine what that most exciting moment will be like, when the falling darkness of the Forbidden City, which was built in 1406, lightens up with the lights of 1998 and the old palaces come alive with the sound of the first beautifull melody. Like everyone, I am looking forward to the coming of that moment.

ZHANG YIMOU
Beijing, Jan. 23, 1997


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