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Breathless in Beijing: Hong Kong Philharmonic Dazzles With Wagner’s ‘Die Walküre’

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s intense, five-hour rendition of Richard Wagner’s “Die Walküre” (“The Valkyrie”) left classical-music lovers breathless, but yearning for more during the performance at the Beijing Poly Theater. Conductor Jaap Van Zweden’s sense of pacing and drama never falters, with vivid climaxes including the frightening scene depicting the rage of Wotan, the [...]

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BMF: In Conversation with Daniel Kramer ENO’s Artistic Director

As part of the programme of supporting events at the 20th Beijing Music Festival, Masterclass: In Conversation with Daniel Kramer, followed by the first China screening of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes from the English National Opera will be part of the celebration of the KT Wong Foundation’s 10th Anniversary. This will be a unique opportunity [...]

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The Jungle by Joe Murphy & Joe Robertson

The Jungle by Joe Murphy & Joe Robertson Direction Stephen Daldry & Justin Martin A Young Vic and National Theatre co-production with Good Chance Theatre. Stephen Daldry will direct, with Justin Martin, the debut of The Jungle, a co-production with the National Theater written by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson of Good Chance Theater. 'What [...]

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BMF stages ten-hour long classical music marathon

In what was one of the longest classical music performances staged in China, from 10 am to 10 pm on Saturday, the ongoing Beijing Music Festival (BMF) staged a marathon concert featuring nine big-name Chinese orchestras including the China National Symphony Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. According to Tu Song, […]

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KT Wong Foundation features in the November issue of Wallpaper

From a graphic Soviet stockpile to high-powered homes, see inside the November issue of Wallpaper. The November 2017 issue also features an interview with Lady Linda Wong Davies, founder of the KT Wong Foundation.

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Thomas Heatherwick talks about his visionary design for MOCAA

Thomas Heatherwick talks about his visionary design for Africa’s first major contemporary art museum, which opens today.

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Africa Modern: creating the contemporary art of a continent

On September 17th 2017 the KT Wong Foundation will launch its publication of Africa Modern: creating the contemporary art of a continent. The brainchild of Thomas Heatherwick, visionary British architect, and Lady Linda Wong Davies, chairwoman of the KT Wong Foundation, the book is a celebration of the creative wave sweeping Africa, with a generation [...]

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The MOCAA, described as ‘Africa’s Tate Modern’, will be the continent’s biggest ever art museum

In Cape Town, on one of the world’s most recognisable waterfronts in the world, a vast new art museum, the biggest ever in Africa, is about to open, creating the biggest buzz in the continent’s collective creative world for many years. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) has already been described as “Africa’s [...]

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The story of a building: Thomas Heatherwick

I first came to Cape Town more than two decades ago, when my studio had just been set up. At that time the Grain Silo was yet another industrial building on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront hiding from everyone in plain sight, but it was also somehow a prominent feature of the city’s landscape as [...]

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On art and ambition: Sisonke Msimang

I grew up in a home filled with books. We had subscriptions to National Geographic and Reader’s Digest. There was art on our walls. My parents listened to the BBC every morning. On Sundays it was mandatory that my sisters and I spent two hours reading in the bedroom we shared. So it came as [...]

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BBC Proms: Gurrelieder, Royal Albert Hall – sheer beauty

Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO forged Schoenberg’s disparate elements into a cohesive whole. Saturday’s Prom, uniting the London Symphony Orchestra with its incoming music director, Simon Rattle, underlined that talent. Rattle, after all, delights in luscious Romantic soundscapes, and here you had to marvel at the sheer beauty of Schoenberg’s orchestration. The “sunset” prelude [...]

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Supporting a new opera production at Edinburgh International Festival 2017

The KT Wong Foundation is proud to be supporting Opera Ventures, a new company set up by John Berry, formerly the Artistic Director of English National Opera.  Its first project will be a collaboration with Scottish Opera on a new production of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek, which will be performed at the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival on 5th [...]

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The Beijing Music Festival

The Beijing Music Festival, endorsed by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and the Beijing Municipal Government, was founded in 1998 by Maestro Long Yu, the Artistic Director of the Beijing Music Festival Foundation.  The festival has since become one of the most significant and creative cultural events in the world. […]

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The KT Wong Foundation commissions a unique musical soundscape for South Africa at the 57th Biennale de Venezia

Lady Linda Wong Davies’ KT Wong Foundation (KTW Foundation) has commissioned and curated a unique musical soundscape written by South African composer Neo Muyanga to accompany the video art work: Passage by Mohau Modisakeng. for the 57th Venice Biennale  The piece will be premiered in the South Africa Pavilion at 4pm on 10th May, followed by [...]

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A Gala Concert to Celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rooster 2017

The KT Wong Foundation and the Philharmonia Orchestra present a gala concert to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rooster 2017. Join the Philharmonia Orchestra, Long Yu (Artistic Director of the Beijing Music Festival and Music Director of the China Philharmonic), Maxim Vengerov and a roster of top-flight musicians from East and West including […]

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Berg’s gritty exploration of desire at ENO in unforgettable staging from celebrated artist and director William Kentridge.

Everyone falls victim to her fascinating beauty and irresistible magnetism. But it would be too simple to see her as a dangerous and amoral seductress. Maybe Lulu herself is really the victim? Even before she meets someone more deadly than she is. With a highly emotional and intensely expressive score, Lulu is one of the […]

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Robert Carsen directs a new production of Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s charming operatic comedy.

Der Rosenkavalier was Richard Strauss’s first original collaboration with the playwright Hugo von Hofmannsthal, following quickly on the heels of Strauss’s adaption of Hofmannsthal’s play Elektra. It marked the start of one of opera’s most important artistic partnerships: in his libretto for Der Rosenkavalier, as with their later collaborations, Hofmannsthal produced a text of astonishing […]

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KTWong Foundation hosted the post-performance party of the opera “A Midsummer Night’s dream” in Beijing

15th, October, KTWong Foundation proudly hosted the post-performance party of the opera “A Midsummer Night’s dream” at Beijing Sanlitun CHAO. Invited the cast and crew of the production “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and friends of the Foundation.

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KT Wong Foundation and Beijing Music Festival presented the “Masterclass: In conversation with Robert Carsen”

On 13th October the KT Wong Foundation introduced a new in depth interview series called Masterclass: In Conversation at the 19th Beijing Music Festival. Robert Carsen, one of the world’s leading opera directors opened the inaugural session coinciding with the China premiere performance of his seminal production of Benjamin Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream from the […]

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