China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater

Introduction of CNODDT Opera Troupe

With a history of more than 50 years, China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater (CNODDT) Opera Troupe is composed of a performer team and chorus. In the early stage, its opera performing artists represented by Guo Lanying created and performed many popular operas, e.g. The White-haired Girl, The Injustice to Dou E and Xiao Erhei's Marriage, which won favors from Chinese and foreign audiences and are recognized as classic Chinese national operas. In recent years, the Opera Troupe has fostered a large number of excellent young and middle-aged opera performing artists; And their operas Starlight, Gulan Danmu, The Regret for the Past and Wildness also became popular repertoires among audiences. Particularly in recent two years, the Opera Troupe has performed choruses Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (Ode to Joy), Mahler NO.2, Mahler NO.3 and Mahler NO.8, symphony Women Generals of the Yang Family, Chinese and foreign operas, musicals and oratorios Turandot, Aida, Lonely Happiness in Barren Mountain, Legend of Yao Ji, Hua Mulan, Imperial Concubine Yang and Lucia di Lammermoor. In 2004, at the invitation of the Macao SAR Government, CNODDT Opera Troupe performed French classical opera Romeo and Juliet and Lobgesang (Mendelssohn) at the 18th international Music Festival. After the performance, famous French conducer Mr. Yagedelakete said excitedly, “I’m proud of you. Your passionate singing touched me. You sang very well!” Indeed, the Opera Troupe fully demonstrated its chorus and opera performing abilities in the performance and won praises from audiences and experts. Over the years, the Opera Troupe has undertaken major national performance tasks; And many its excellent performers made outstanding achievements in major international and domestic singing competition and won honors for China and CNODDT. In terms of the international cultural communication, the Opera Troupe was performed in the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Japan and other countries and won warm welcome and praises from local audiences. For more than half a century, the Opera Troupe has made a due contribution to the development of China’s opera undertaking under the concerted efforts of all the cast members.