Historical Background

Historical Background

The Opera The Diaries of John Rabe – John Rabe’s Diaries was commissioned by the Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts. On December 13, 2017, exactly 80 years after the beginning of the “Massacre of Nanking”, the world premiere of this opera was performed at the Opera House of the Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts.
This production brings a piece of Chinese history closer to an international audience through artistic innovation in the areas of composition, dramaturgy, direction, stage and costume design. Composer Tang Jianping says: “It is my wish that in this drama the audience experiences the brilliance of mankind, not the terror of murder. His opera is a historical narrative with an international perspective, written in the world language par excellence. The Diaries of John Rabe is on the one hand a harrowing warquest, on the other a song of praise for the longing for peace that gives hope. The opera is an outcry of indignation at the horrors, at the same time a hymn of praise for life and love, as eternal chansons of peace.
The events of the war today date back more than 80 years. History must not be forgotten and peace must be valued. People in China are grateful for the selfless help of their international friends. The Society for Cultural Exchange of Jiangsu Province, the Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts and the Jiangsu Performing Arts Group present the opera production “170 Tage in Nanking – Die Tageb├╝cher von John Rabe”, jointly produced by the Jiangsu Cultural Investment Group and the Jiangsu Performing Arts Group.