Shanghai Opera House Chorus
Founded in 1956, Shanghai Opera House Chorus (SOHC) is the oldest and perhaps the most famous chorus in P. R .China. In the recent half century, SOHC has accumulated solid experience in performing of opera, oratorio, symphonic choral works, a cappella, solo and ensemble. SOHC has co-operated with world famous artists and performed numerous classic operas, the highlights are: Carmen, Aida, Faust , Turandot , La Boheme , La traviata, Otello, Romeo et Juliet, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Manon Lescaut and others. At the same time, SOHC has performed a lot of oratorio and symphonic chorus, the highlights are: Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, Mahler’s Symphony No.8, Elijah, Carmina Burana, La damnation de Faust, Messiah, Requiem and Stabat Mater Dolorosa, etc. SOHC has also performed numbers of Chinese original operas and symphony choral works, such as opera: Zhou Xiaoyan, Thunderstorm, The Wager, Poet Libai, Savage Land, King of Chu, original musical National Theme, choral symphonic works: Yellow River Cantata, Song Series of Long March, etc. In addition, the SOHC frequently invites famous chorus conductors all over the world to present chorus concerts every year. With the combination of western and eastern music essential, SOHC is becoming more renowned in the world. SOHC has visited more than 30 countries and regions, and was invited to attend Macao International Music Festival (1994-1997, 2000, 2002 -2008), Brisbane International Music Festival (1998), Saarbruecken Opera Festival (1999), Hong Kong Arts Festival (2005), Singapore Asian Arts Festival (2006, 2007), Savonlinna Opera Festival (2008), etc. In 2008, SOHC visited Europe and performed Mozart’s Requiem in the Vatican’s paul VI audience hall, Scuola Grande di San Marco of Venice and Vienna Musikverein. In the same year, SOHC performed Otello, Yellow River Cantata at Olavinlinna Castle of Savonlinna in Finland. In 2009, SOHC visited South Korea and India, bringing the show The Harmonic Music of the Miraculous Land to the audience there. In 2010, SOHC visited Hong Kong and performed Fidelio by Beethoven and Carmina Burana, which were highly praised by Mr. Edo de Waart, the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. During 2011 New Year's Concert, together with World well-known Conductor, Mr. Kurt Masur, SOHC performed Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 at the Shanghai Grand Theater, and were highly appraised by the audience.