given by He Wu and fellow Young Artists from the National Opera Studio
Wednesday, 17 February 2016, 7.30pm
China Exchange, 32A Gerrard Street London W1D 6JA
Our new initiative, “Opera Roots”, was designed with this in mind. In this series, our Young Artists create a recital, working alongside our team at every step of the process, from securing a venue, to marketing the event and curating a programme with our music staff. These recitals will see them returning to their “roots” and performing to the communities in their home town or places of cultural significance to them. In this way, they have the opportunity to gain a valuable insight into the programming process and develop some essential business skills whilst giving something back to the places that nurtured them.
The recital at the China Exchange launched the initiative, and we were delighted to hold this in partnership with China Exchange. Sir David Tang’s vision for a dynamic centre promoting excellence in Chinatown sits well with our own reputation for excellence in the opera world, and it seems fitting that He Wu, our Chinese soprano, should share her operatic repertoire with a Chinese audience in London at this venue. He has worked with her fellow Young Artists to develop an interesting programme, presenting not only Chinese folk and art songs, but indigenous songs from the countries of birth of our other Young Artists, including Wales, Lithuania and New Zealand.