WASHINGTON, D.C.—Shen Yun Performing Arts returned to the nation’s capital for the seventh time with a new show, new dances, and new songs. A first time goer to Shen Yun, Anna Maripuu, could especially relate to the singing.
“I am a singer myself, so I appreciate how difficult it is to perform and to perform well,” said Ms. Maripuu who is an economist working at the International Monetary Fund.
“The style of operatic singing, the soprano and tenor, the two sopranos that sang were really wonderful, and I also loved the inspirational messages of the songs that they sang,” she added.
The Shen Yun New York Company that is currently performing at the Kennedy Center Opera House is fortunate to have two acclaimed sopranos and a tenor.
Pi-ju Huang, soprano, has performed leading roles in operas Madame Butterfly, Turandot, and Don Giovanni.
Tenor Yuan Qu is a graduate of the China Conservatory of Music. Soprano Haolan Geng is a graduate of the Guangdong Conservatory of Music. Both Qu and Geng are first place winners of New Tang Dynasty’s 2009 International Chinese Vocal Competition, in the men’s and women’s division, respectively.
Ms. Maripuu said that the show made her “see China and the Chinese people in a different light.” She said that the culture of oppression in China today can change because she saw in Shen Yun tonight more hopeful signs, and this “gave me a lot of hope because there was the spiritual aspect and the reverence for nature and the reverence for people and anti-oppression.”
She added that the classical Chinese dance presented by Shen Yun” was absolutely superb” and that she was “blown away by how wonderful the performance was.”
Ms. Maripuu said, “I will definitely come again next year.”
With reporting by NTD Television and Gary Feuerberg
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun New York Company is performing in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center Opera House from Jan 30 -- Feb 3 For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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