A 3D version of the opera "Flying Dutchman" was staged to kick off "the Opera Festival 2012" in China's National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing last night.
The opera presents vividly the misery and despair of a Dutchman who sails across oceans, but belongs nowhere. At the end of the opera, the Dutchman is redeemed by pure love after all of his tribulations and sufferings.
Last night's stage combines realistic and imaginary representations and backgrounds, presenting an effect similar to the best 3D magical epic films.
Starting with the opera, the National Center for the Performing Arts is to put on stage a series of operas until the end of June.
Li Zhixiang, director of the theater's Performance Management Department, said "operas such as the Un Ballo In Maschera and the Ballad of Canal will be on show during the festival. And we produced our version of Tosca last year which will also be put to stage. Meanwhile we have invited the China National Opera House, Fujian Province Opera House and China Opera and Dance Drama Theater to bring their works."
"The Flying Dutchman" was written by German composer Richard Wagner, inspired by his own stormy sea crossing experience.