New ties with Beijing

The Festival Hall Baden-Baden and National Centre for the Performing Arts of China are joining hands in a strategic cooperation.

The Festival Hall Baden-Baden and National Centre for the Performing Arts of China are seeking to collaborate more closely in the upcoming years. On the occasion of the Chinese premiere of Baden-Baden’s Easter Festival production of Tristan und Isolde, Festival Hall Artistic Director Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser and his Beijing colleague Chen Ping signed a memorandum to this effect. Mariusz Trélinski’s new production of the Wagner opera was created in Baden-Baden in 2016 as a co-production with New York’s Metropolitan Opera and the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw. The production’s last stop on a long journey was in China’s capital, where the premiere was received with enthusiastic acclaim. “We had already initiated contacts with China before this production,” explains Artistic Director Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser about the first phases of the cooperation, which became concrete with the Tristan und Isolde production Over the coming years, Germany’s largest opera house and the renowned National Centre for Performing Arts of China are hoping to plan collaborative performances and educational programs. The project also involves sharing Baden-Baden’s management experience with Beijing. The National Centre for the Performing Arts of China is one of the world’s most modern theater complexes. Opened in 2007, the spectacular elliptical structure built by French architect Paul Andreu is the home of multiple venues with a total of over 5000 seats. The Centre’s program includes both Chinese and Western opera, dance, theater, and film productions, with repertoire that encompasses Western classical music, Chinese classical music, and traditional Chinese opera.