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The Diaries
oF John Rabe

A Tang Jianping opera

Berlin

Staatsoper unter den Linden

3rd & 4th JULY 2019

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Hamburg

Elbphilharmonie

6th JULY 2019

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Vienna

Ronacher

9th & 10th JULY 2019

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About

The opera “170 Days in Nanking – The Journals of John Rabe” is a touching piece of Chinese contemporary history. Composer Tang Jianping thus combines the desire “that the audience in this drama learns the brilliance of humanity”. Directed by the young director Zhou Mo, the work stands for universal humanism and is at the same time a sign of deep gratitude.

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ARTISTIC Team

Tang Jianping Composer

Born in Liaoyuan (Jilin Province), Tang Jianping graduated from the National Conservatory in 1987 as China’s first graduate in musicology. His works always focus on China’s cultural relations with the rest of the world. His opera Jianzhen Dongdu had its world premiere in Tokyo in 2016. A year earlier, the Russian opera The Dawn is Quiet Here was staged at China’s National Theatre and has now toured the world three times. In 2017 Tang Jianping was commissioned to compose The Diaries of John Rabe.

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Zhou Ke Librettist

Zhou Ke is a teacher at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, founder of the Shanghai Ke Centre for Contemporary Art. She has published numerous dramas and musicals and directed Bian Kungang, Single Apartment, Die Hexe von Salem, Mulan, Circle, Bass Cello, Don Quijote, Was ist die Wahrheit der Liebe, and much more.

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Zhou Mo Director

Zhou Mo was born in Nanking and is now one of the most outstanding opera directors in the USA. She received her master’s degree in theatre studies from Columbia University and her master’s degree in English literature from Bowdoin College. She worked with Anne Bogart and Stephen Wadsworth. Zhou Mo herself teaches at the Juilliard School of Opera in New York and is currently a director at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Houston Grand Opera.

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Wang Jing Scenery

Wang Jing is a UK-based stage designer and columnist. She is a graduate of the Department of Performing Arts at the Shanghai Theater Academy and the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and winner of the Prof. Gavin Henderson (CBE) Dean Scholarship. Her research interest is scenography. She is a columnist for the magazine Nanfang-Renwu-Zhoukan (Nanfang weekly magazine about personalities) and for the opera magazine Geju. In 2014, she founded a private studio in Cambridge, England, and is creative in both China and the UK.

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Xu Zhong Conductor

Xu Zhong is one of China’s outstanding conductors and pianists. He directs the Shanghai Opera House, is chief conductor of the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra and the summer music festival in Verona. In addition, he is the musical director of the Haifa Opera House and Dean of the Music School of Suzhou University. He has conducted the Orchester National de France, the Symphony Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi Maicand, the Philharmonic Orchestra Erfurt, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and many more. In 2018, Xu Zhong was promoted to the rank of officer in recognition of his contribution to the Chinese-French Cultural Exchange.

Cheng Ye Conductor

Cheng Ye lives in Germany and has been the permanent conductor of the Jiangsu Symphony Orchestra since 2013. His bachelor’s degree at the Shanghai Music Academy was followed by a master’s degree at the Hanns Eisler Music School in Berlin. Cheng Ye has successfully collaborated with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, the Frankfurt Symphony Orchestra and others. Cheng Ye has given musical accompaniments to the world premieres of the operas Yunzhihe (The Emperor’s Channel), Zheng he and Jianzhen Dongdu (Ganjin’s Cruise to the East).

Cast Berlin

John Rabe

Tenor

Xue Haoyin/Han Peng

Minnie Vautrin

Soprano

Xu Xiaoying/Ana Isabel Lazo

John Magee

Bass

Tian Haojiang

Colonel Huang

Baritone

Tong Meng

Li Xiuying

Soprano

Zhang Jiayu

 

Han Xianglin

Baritone

Guo Yafeng

Japanese general

Baritone

Zhang Dongliang

Yamamoto (Japanese officer)

Tenor

Xia Xintao

Ikeda (Japanese Ambassador)

Baritone

Liu Yudong

Fukuda (Japanese officer)

Baritone

He Feng

Young boy

 

Hou Yihao/Wang Zihan

 

 

 

 

Dr. Robert Wilson

Tenor

Tom Mulder

Pastor Mills

Baritone

Jose Rubio

Cast Hamburg

John Rabe
Tenor
Han Peng
Minnie Vautrin
Soprano
Ana Isabel Lazo
John Magee
Bass
Tian Haojiang
Colonel Huang
Baritone
Tong Meng
Li Xiuying
Soprano
Zhang Jiayu
Japanese general
Baritone
Zhang Dongliang
Pastor Mills
Baritone
Jose Rubio
Dr. Robert Wilson
Tenor
Thomas Mulder
Han Xianglin
Baritone
Guo Yafeng
Yamamoto (Ambassador)
Tenor
Xia Xintao
Fukuda (Japanese officer)
Baritone
He Feng
Ikeda (Japanese officer)
Bariton
Liu Yudong

Cast Vienna

John Rabe

Tenor

Xue Haoyin/Han Peng

Minnie Vautrin

Soprano

Xu Xiaoying/Ana Isabel Lazo

John Magee

Bass

Tian Haojiang

Colonel Huang

Baritone

Tong Meng

Li Xiuying

Soprano

Zhang Jiayu

 

Han Xianglin

Baritone

Guo Yafeng

Japanese general

Baritone

Zhang Dongliang

Yamamoto (Japanese officer)

Tenor

Xia Xintao

Ikeda (Japanese Ambassador)

Baritone

Liu Yudong

Fukuda (Japanese officer)

Baritone

He Feng

Young boy

 

Hou Yihao/Wang Zihan

 

 

 

 

Dr. Robert Wilson

Tenor

Tom Mulder

Pastor Mills

Baritone

Jose Rubio

Historical Background

During the last weeks of the Japanese-Chinese War around the turn of the year 1937/38, massacres and war crimes by Japanese troops took place in the city of Nanking – then the capital of the Republic of China – and Nanking became a hell on earth. More than 20 international residents – “Europeans and Americans” – led by Siemens manager John Rabe, set up an international security zone at the risk of their lives to protect Nanking’s unarmed citizens from persecution, rape and murder. During this cruel time, this small, sworn group – including Minnie Vautrin, John Magee and others – stood steadfastly behind the citizens of Nanking and, despite all the associated risks, left behind important historical documents in the form of diaries, letters, photos and films. In the Tokyo trial, these served the court as conclusive evidence of the war crimes committed. Since that time, John Rabe has been considered China’s Oskar Schindler.

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Tickets & Services

… Opera in 2 acts.

… Duration of the performance: about 2 ½ hours, with a break.

… Ticket prices: € 75 – 15

… in Chinese with German subtitles.

Berlin

Venue:
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Unter den Linden 7
10117 Berlin
Germany

3rd & 4th JULY 2019

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Hamburg

Venue:
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Grosser Saal
Platz der Deutschen Einheit
20457 Hamburg
Germany

6th JULY 2019

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Vienna

Venue:
Ronacher
Seilerstätte 9
1010 Wien
Austria

9th & 10th JULY 2019

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