SEMELE Re-Imagined – After it’s debut 10 years ago, this classic opera by Handel in re-imagined form is to be performed by Shanghai Symphony Orchestra as part of their 140th anniversary celebrations. The KT Wong Foundation presents Handel’s Semele in a ground-breaking, reimagined production at the Shanghai International Arts Festival 2019.
Linda Wong Davies, founder and chair of KT Wong Foundation, said: “As artistic producer of the 2019 Semele Re-Imagined, I am grateful for the support of the United Kingdom government in recognizing the importance of close cultural collaboration between the UK and China. I have always believed in the benefit of bringing different cultures together through the arts.”
She added the opera”embodies the ethos of the KT Wong Foundation fusing Chinese and Western cultures to create an innovative and accessible work of art”.
The reimagined production will be led by Chinese conductor Maestro Yu Long, music director and principal conductor of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, who said he was “thrilled” to bring the opera to his home city.