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Weiwuying Opera House to livestream Turandot performance

08/28/2020 02:18 PM


Puccini's Turandot / Photo courtesy of National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying)


Aug. 28 (CNA) Opera fans across the world are in for a treat as they can watch a livestream of Puccini's Turandot performed at Taiwan's National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) Opera House on Friday.

The performance will be streamed live on the center's YouTube channel so anyone unable to purchase a ticket will be able to join the audience, Weiwuying said in a statement.

The 3,722 seats for two performances on Friday and Sunday sold out within a week of going on sale, Weiwuying publicist Ken Chang (張家銘) told CNA.

Puccini's Turandot, an international opera co-production by Weiwuying and German opera company Deutsche Oper am Rhein, has more than 350 singers and musicians taking part in the performance, Chang said.

The production's world premiere was in Europe in 2015, Chang added.


Puccini's Turandot / Photo courtesy of National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying)


"Please tune in and experience the magic of love together with Princess Turandot," Weiwuying said.

Turandot, which tells the story of an emperor's daughter who beheads suitors who are unable to answer three riddles, was composed by late Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini.

(By William Yen)



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Taiwan's 'Turandot' biggest performance of the year

Organizers claim opera is 'world's largest public indoor theater performance' since COVID-19 pandemic began

By Lyla Liu, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2020/08/29 11:04




A performance of Puccini's opera "Turandot" by the National Kaohsiung Weiwuying (衛武營) Center for the Arts, on Friday night (Aug. 28) was the "world's largest 'full seat' public indoor theater performance" since the COVID-19 pandemic started in January, according to organizers.

In addition to selling 3,722 tickets for two performances, "Turandot" attracted 50,000 worldwide viewers for an online broadcast.

Taiwan's Ministry of Culture claimed Puccini’s opera “Turandot” was the world’s largest public performance in a theater since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Culture Minister Lee Yung-te (李永得) was present at the premiere.

A Weiwuying spokesperson said Taiwan's successful epidemic prevention strategy and overcoming production difficulties meant the performance could go ahead. "It was able to mobilize more than 350 performers and is the world's largest 'full seat' (without social distancing measures) public indoor performance in theaters" so far this year.


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The opera is a co-production between Weiwuying and Germany's Deutsche Oper am Rhein. It is directed by poet Li Huan-hsiung (黎煥雄), while the conductor is Chien Wen-pin (簡文彬), who was previously at the National Symphony Orchestra.

More than 350 singers and musicians are taking part in the show. The Ministry of Culture said 3,722 tickets for two performances (Friday and Saturday) immediately sold out, hence the art center decided to broadcast the show online on Weiwuying's YouTube channel.

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Kaohsiung arts center wins U.S. architecture award

09/13/2020 05:59 PM


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Sept. 13 (CNA) The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, also known as Weiwuying, was among six works of architecture in Taiwan honored at the 2020 International Architecture Awards, the museum said Sunday.

The awards, which are in their 15th edition, honored 130 buildings and urban planning projects from 38 countries this year.

The event is organized by the Chicago Athenaeum, along with the European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Metropolitan Arts Press.

Weiwuying, which was once a military complex, was designed by Dutch architect Francine Houben, who was inspired by the many banyan trees in the area to create the center's sleek, wave-shaped roof.

The center boasts four formal performance halls under its roof and a large outdoor amphitheater. It has hosted numerous theater, opera and dance performances since it opened in 2018.

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LARGEST PIPE ORGAN IN ASIA - WEIWUYING 衛武營 National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts 高雄

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Jonathan Scott gives an introduction and demonstration of the sounds of the organ of WeiWuYing 衛武營 - National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts 衛武營國家藝術文化中心, 高雄 Taiwan.
Completed in 2018 by Orgelbau Klais Bonn, the organ has 127 Stops and 9,085 pipes making it the largest pipe organ in Asia. Full specification below.

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Weiwuying arts center to hold special events for 3rd anniversary

09/17/2021 06:56 PM



The outdoor party held by Weiwuying for its second anniversary in 2020. Photo courtesy of Weiwuying



Kaohsiung, Sept. 17 (CNA) The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, also known as Weiwuying, will present both free and ticketed events for three days on the Oct. 10 National Day long weekend to celebrate its third anniversary, it said Friday.

"Since the opening of Weiwuying, it has overcome various challenges to connect people to the world through the arts," Weiwuying General and Artistic Director Chien Wen-pin (簡文彬) said in a statement.

"Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to support public and performance arts groups, because culture and the arts are keys to the world, and introduce more Taiwanese artists to global audiences," Chien said.

The "Weiwuying Anniversary 3.0" will continue the center's tradition of opening its four venues and various spaces to the public, but will follow the government's COVID-19 prevention rules by requiring all attendees to wear a face mask, the statement said.

The three-day event will begin with free "Open House" events at its playhouse Oct. 9-11, including a demonstration of how a theater is operated and how a show is run, according to Weiwuying.

The arts center also plans an outdoor market fair between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. on the three days.

On the afternoon of Oct. 10, the center's three other indoor venues -- an opera house, concert hall, and recital hall -- will put on free performances, including two by the Diabolo Dance Theatre, two chamber music concerts and two "Let's Opera" concerts, respectively, the center said.



At 6 p.m., rapper Gil G and two Golden Melody Award winning singers -- Waa Wei (魏如萱) and Julia Peng (彭佳慧) -- will put on a free concert at Weiwuying's outdoor theater, the arts center said.

Starting at 8:30 p.m. on National Day, a free electronic music party featuring DJ Junior and DJ Cookie will be held at the Banyan Plaza, it said.

Free tickets to the indoor events will be available starting at noon on Oct. 1 through the OpenTix ticketing service. No tickets are needed for the outdoor events, but crowd control measures will be in place to meet government COVID-19 protocols, according to the arts center.

There will also be performances on the weekend for which people will need to buy a ticket.

One of them is a concert to be performed by the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra conducted by Chien on Oct. 9, the arts center said.

The concert features the world premiere of composer Chang Ching-shan's (張菁珊) Images of Kaohsiung - "Cangue of Freedom," Beethoven's Triple Concerto in C Major, Op 56, and Strauss' Don Quixote, Op. 35, according to the arts center.

Meanwhile, the Diabolo Dance Theatre will perform its new production -- The Island, VALO Part 2 -- on Oct. 9 and Oct. 11. Tickets to these performances are currently being sold through OpenTix.

Weiwuying, formerly an idle military training base, was redeveloped into a 46-hectare park and arts center, which opened on Oct. 13, 2018.

It is the largest and youngest cultural institution under the National Performing Arts Center, which also runs the National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipei, and the National Taichung Theater.

(By Kay Liu)

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Captivating Activities at Weiwuying Anniversary 3.0!


To celebrate the third anniversary of Weiwuying, Weiwuying Anniversary 3.0 will grandly take place in Southern Taiwan. On October 10 (Sun), there will be plenty of fabulous activities to welcome the crowd. Weiwuying Anniversary 3.0 features the event Open House with free entry to the four venues, the astonishing outdoor Swing Party, and the exciting EDM Party. A bundant performances and events are held to welcome everyone at Weiwuying to celebrateits third anniversary. Additionally, the Sunset MarketStrip, loved by many, will open from the evening of October 9 (Sat). With various live performances and food stands, you will surely have a happy weekend at Weiwuying.




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