Unannounced, Shanghai has a new opera house

Unannounced, Shanghai has a new opera house


norman lebrecht

July 22, 2019

Opposite my hotel in the French Concession, I see an impressive structure going up at the back of the Shanghai Conservatoire of Music.

It turns out to be a new opera house, opening in September.

Seating 400-500 and intended for training purposes, it has a profesional stage with a full orchestral pit. Any chamber opera ensemble that is looking for a venue in China need look no further.

The amazing thing is that no-one – even in Shanghai – seems to have heard about it.

You see it here first.



  • Mike Schachter says:

    Probably a state secret

  • Ninedragonspot says:

    It was reported on over two years ago, wasn’t it? They claim 1200 seats, by the way.