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.