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8 pm, Dec 30 and 31. Opera Hall of Guangzhou Opera House, 1 Zhujiang Xilu (West Road), Zhujiang New Town, Guangzhou. 020-3839-2888. 7:30 pm, Jan 2 and 3. Shanghai Grand Theater, 300 Renmin Avenue, Shanghai. 021-6386-8686. 7:30 pm, Jan 10 and 11, National Center for the Performing Arts, 2 West Chang’an Avenue, Xicheng district, Beijing. 010-6655-0000. vigorous and forceful.
“Classical music in China today is common in every city which, I think, is a wonderful development. The building of so many excellent concert halls and opera houses in the country is adding to this explosion of culture,” Mehta says.
His debut in Guangzhou 2012 was the city’s biggest box- office hit among classical music concerts, when the opera house had to sell no-seat tickets to satisfy the eager fans.
The world- famous conductor says he enjoys working with Chinese musicians, such as pianists Lang Lang and Wang Yuja and violinist Zhu Dan.
“Until today I have not had the chance to conduct a Chinese orchestra, but I look very much forward to the upcoming collaboration with the National Center of the Performing Arts in Beijing in 2015,” Mehta says.
At the concerts in Guangzhou on Dec 30 and 31, the first half each night will be a feast of Spanish operatic music from four Chinese composers. The second half features a classic repertoire of Strauss brothers’ polka and waltz pieces, including the famous Blue Danube Waltz.
After the shows in Guangzhou, Mehta and the OCV will travel to Changsha, Shanghai, Wuhan, Hangzhou and Beijing in January.