The Zaha Hadid project for the Guangzhou Opera House (GOH ), called “two stones” was the winner in the international competition that also participated Coop Himmelb au and Rem Koolhaas. The theater has become the largest center in this genus in southern China with the highest technology, being one of the three largest theaters in the nation with the National Center for the Performing Arts Beijing and Shanghai Grand Theatre. For its inauguration in May 2010, the American filmmaker Shahar Stroh led the first function with Puccini’s opera “Turandot,” a controversial work so far in the country.
The structure was designed by the Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, its independent auditorium, of concrete, located within a bold exposed granite and glass, coated with a steel frame, needed over five years to build, and was praised following its initiation architecture critic Jonathan Glancey in the Guardian, who defined as “both, highly theatrical and insistently subtle”.
Guangzhou Opera, simplified Chinese广州 大 剧院, Traditional Chinese广州 大 剧院, was built in the city that gives the name, one Zhujiang West Rd, Tianhe, Guangdong Province, China. Based on professional operations and project management, GOH strives to position itself as an international cultural center in South China covering Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as a center cultural production in Asia, attracting artists and producers around the world. In the future, GOH help strengthen the cultural content for the Canton area and the cultural system reform in China by presenting diverse performing arts.
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