From our correspondent in Beijing:
The National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing on Sunday announced an emergency recall of tickets because all the seats for the Mahler’s 8th scheduled on Oct 30, including the stall behind the stage, were available for sale.
All of a sudden, they realized that the work requires a chorus.
Actually three choruses. And eight soloists. That’s why it’s called Symphony of 1,000.
Ah well, they’ll get it right next time. The symphony had its Beijing premiere in 2002.
Update: And here’s the most recent Mahler Eighth in Beijing, conducted by Charles Dutoit on October 6 with the China Philharmonic Ochestra at Poly theatre. The concert on the 30th is due to be conducted by Yoel Levi. It’s raining Mahler 8s in Beijing.
And in Tapiei, where there were two performances on the 9th and 10th.