NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.—Marcello Giordani has been described as one of the greatest opera singers of our time, performing in the world’s top opera houses but he had never seen opera like the Shen Yun Performing Arts Company’s at the State Theater in New Brunswick New Jersey, Saturday Oct. 27.
“They were wonderful,” he said of the Shen Yun opera singers who sing Chinese lyrics in the European opera tradition, “They use a different technique than us Italians. … They are a little more throaty.
“I like it,” he concluded.
In the United States to perform in Puccini’s Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera on Oct. 30, Mr. Giordani saw Shen Yun for the first time. Shen Yun is a New York-based performing arts company dedicated to reviving 5,000 years of divinely-inspired Chinese culture, according to its website.
He complimented the singers for their skill and the quality of their lyrics.
“Chinese songs have great messages,” he said, noting the singers’ technique. “From what I heard, the vocal it is very difficult because it starts very high.
“My compliment for the country they have such beautiful singers,” he continued, “The sopranos are very good I think they were very well received here in New Jersey and not only from the Chinese public.”
Mr. Giordani was taken with the athleticism of the Shen Yun dancers.
“I am a performer myself, an opera singer, but I felt more jealous because I don’t have the stamina they have. They have to be in shape every single night. I wish I could have their body and figure and energy,” he said humbly, belying the fact he is in demand around the world for his performances.
The whole production made an impression on Giordani, the color of the exquisite hand made costumes, the movement of the dancers, and the digitally enhanced backdrop that melds computer graphics with live action.
“I was very curious to see how it worked backstage,” he said.
He acknowledged the light-hearted aspects of Shen Yun, but also welcomed the more serious content in the show.
“This show was not only for fun. I find it was important for Americans and also for Chinese living in the U.S.,” he said. “It is a show you cannot apply in your country, but it is a message for all the countries who have no freedom.”
A message for all the countries who have no freedom.
Shen Yun, an independent performance company, does not back away from issues facing contemporary China, depicting scenes of Falun Gong practitioners being persecuted in China under the communist regime.
“I really wish and I hope, not only for China for all the countries, if you have communism or no freedom. I hope sooner, they can have democracy.
“This could really be helpful not only for China, but for the entire world,” he said.
Reporting by NTD Television and Shar Adams.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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