Unannounced, Shanghai has a new opera house

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.


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