Puccini helps the Chinese Communist Party congratulate itself

Zhang Yimou is at it again, staging Puccini’s final opera “Turandot” to fill the Birds’ Nest for an October 6 show commemorating — what else — the PRC’s 60th anniversary as a state.

Just in case you though that Italian opera was making the CCP soft, Shanghai Daily reports the cultural news below a photo of a paramilitary cop forcing a “terrorist” out of a car.

Apparently they didn’t want to stage Tan Dun’s “First Emperor,” the Met’s recent staging about the tyrannical Qin Shihuangdi.


Zhang to give “Turandot”  new twist at Bird’s Nest

Shanghai Daily
08 Sep 2009

FAMOUS opera “ Turandot” will be staged at the National Stadium, or Bird’s Nest, on October 6 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of People’s Republic of China under the direction of Zhang Yimou, the director of last year’s Beijing…read more…

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