Shangyin Opera House set for Oct
Shangyin Opera House is located in downtown Xuhui District, Shanghai. [Photo from the official Wechat account of Shanghai Conservatory of Music]
Shanghai Conservatory of Music's Shangyin Opera House will open to the public in downtown Xuhui District in October, according to a media briefing on Aug 7.
The new opera house will present public performances of operas by outstanding artists from both at home and abroad and serve as a venue for teaching practice and international cultural exchange for the conservatory.
With a total construction area of 31,926.42 square meters, the eight-story structure, including three underground levels, has a medium-size theater with 1,200 seats, four rehearsal halls for opera, orchestras, choruses and folk music, as well as a lecture hall.
Liao Changyong, dean of the conservatory and an operatic baritone who has performed operas around the world, said that operas have very high requirements for hardware facilities and Shanghai, an international cultural city, has been waiting for its own opera house. Now the new opera house will achieve the expectations and dreams of several generations of artists at the conservatory.
To better deliver the sound of various performances, the latest soundproofing technology has been employed and the U-shaped main theater allows audiences to get closer to the stage.
With movable ceilings and decorative asbestos boards, the internal volume of the opera house can be changed for the best reverberation, adapting to different performances.
Planned opening performances include an original opera about composer He Luting and a musical about the liberation of Shanghai in 1949.
The structure of the opera house is built on a spring isolator to cut out vibrations from the subway system running beneath the building. It is the first opera house to be built with such "floating" technology, officials said.
The inside structure of Shangyin Opera House [Photo from the official Wechat account of Shanghai Conservatory of Music]
Liao Changyong, dean of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, introduces Shangyin Opera House at a media briefing on Aug 7. [Photo from the official Wechat account of Shanghai Conservatory of Music]