China National Opera House to welcome audiences on May 1

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After seven years of construction since 2015, the China National Opera House, a new cultural landmark in Beijing, will welcome audiences starting on its inauguration on May 1. 

Covering a floor space of 41,000 square meters, the China National Opera House is 138 meters long, 56 meters wide, and 47.2 meters high. With gold as the main decoration color, the exquisite interiors combine Chinese culture elements and European classical designs. 

In the first month after the inauguration of the new opera house, three operas, including "Turandot" and "La Traviata," and six concerts will be on show.

"The opera house is comparable with the world's first-class opera houses," said Liu Yunzhi, director general of the China National Opera House. The opera house boasts an orchestra pit of 150 square meters with 120 seats, the largest among China's opera houses. 

The construction of the opera house encountered difficulties such as limited space, according to Zheng Qichao, an official from the opera house. The construction team introduced an intelligent management system to ensure precision in the installation of over 10,000 components. The opera house's amount of steel used per square meter is equivalent to that of the National Stadium but with one-third of the National Stadium's construction area, said Liu Mingwen, a manager from the opera house's construction contractor.

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