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Like pebbles in a stream smoothed by erosion, the Guangzhou Opera House sits in perfect harmony with its riverside location. The Opera House is at the heart of Guangzhou’s cultural development. Its unique twin-boulder design enhances the city by opening it to the Pearl River,unifying the adjacent cultural buildings with the towers of international finance in Guangzhou Zhujiang new town. Guangzhou Opera House is rated as one of the 10 best opera houses around the world;The world's most spectacular theatres” (The Telegraph). Designed by Zaha Hadid, the first female Winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Guangzhou's Opera House unique exterior is full of imagination and is inspired by the idea of two rocks washed away by the Pearl River. The acoustic systems have been designed by Sir. Harold Marshall, one of world's top acoustic designer, who achieved a first-class level acoustic system and delivered a perfect visual and sound effects for the Opera House. So far, GOH has been highly appreciated by the architecture tycoons and artists from all over the world and has already won numerous awards for China. Located in the center of CBD in Guangzhou, which is one of China's national core cities, as a cultural city icon, the Guangzhou Opera House contributes in strengthening the cultural content for Canton area and the reform for cultural system in China by presenting performing arts of much diversity. Its central enterprise is directly under the Ministry of China Arts and Entertainment Group and it belongs to China Performing Arts Agency. Through a new market-orientation, professional operation and management mode, GOH has become the forefront of China's reformation of the cultural system. GOH strives to position itself as an international cultural center in South China covering Macao, HK and Taiwan, as well as a cultural production center in Asia attracting artists and producers from around the world. At present, GOH is a global performing stage for outstanding artists from all over the world as it has integrated all kinds of domestic and foreign cultural resources in order to optimize the entertainment industry chain and to provide a direction for advanced culture. The selection of repertoire is in accordance with the principle of "Internationalism, Innovation, Originality and Exploration". The Guangzhou Opera House hosts international art masters, famous orchestras and brilliant programs, which promote the status of GOH as one of the three core performing stages, along with Beijing and Shanghai. The Guangzhou Opera House has invited world class artists such as Maestro Zubin Mehta, Daniel Oren and Charles Dutoit, Jose Carreras one of the world’s Three Tenors , the famous Soprano Renee Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, and He Hui, among many others. Many famous orchestras have graced with their appearance the stage of GOH such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresdner Philharmonie and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Through years of cultivation, the idea of the "Annual Opera" has become a brand at GOH, and many grand opera productions have won lots of praises in China and abroad. Those productions include "Turandot", "Tosca", "Madam Butterfly", "La Traviata" and "Carmen", and the collaborations and invitations with theatres such as the Testro Dell'Opera di Roma, the New York's Metropolitan Opera, the Covent Garden Royal Opera House, as well as top level singers hqve changed Guangzhou’s cultural ecology and made Guangzhou a world city for arts. Guangzhou Opera House is not only a cultural landmark, but also it stands as a cultural symbol of modernity and fashion. GOH is quietly leading the modern urban people to the classical music, to the experience and the feeling of culture and introduces them into the beauty of the art world. The Guangzhou Opera House embodies the spirit of the times

Opera Hall

Constructed from 12,000 tons of steel on a 70,000 square meter site, the Opera House includes an 1,804-seat and a 400-seat theater. The Grand Theater of Guangzhou's Opera House has one of the most extraordinary acoustics. Designed by Sir. Harold Marshall, the unique and acoustic designer from Australia, the Grand Theater's “encircling” Auditorium not only continues the asymmetrical streamline of the design of Ms. Zaha Hadid, but also realizes 1.6 seconds of reverberation and perfect acoustic equal sound effects throughout the 1,804 seats (including 117 in the pit).

The stage of the Grand Theater's Opera Hall, is 74 meters in length and 46 meters in width with a proscenium of 18 meters wide and 12 meters high. It consists of the main stage, the left wing, the right wing and the rear stage. The trap room machinery system includes 6 stage lifts, 6 wagons on each of the wings, a turn table at the rear stage and an orchestra pit lift in front of the proscenium. Assisting stage lifts are installed between the main stage and the wagon under which compensating lifts are located. There are two levels of decks and in one of them there is a ballet wood sprung floor. The electronic fly system includes scenery battens, lighting battens, acoustic shell, show portal, fire curtains and single point hoists. There are two levels of decks and on one of them there is a ballet wood sprung floor. The electronic fly system includes scenery battens, lighting battens, acoustic shell, show portal, fire curtains, single point hoists. The lighting system in the Opera Hall consists of light console, networking transmission, lighting fixtures, dimmer and cables. The sound system in the Opera Hall features PA, fold back and side fill. The structure has been installed with eight KUDO line source cabinets and two SB28 high-powered subwoofers per side, with a central channel of 10 flown dV-DOSC line source cabinets. A dV-SUB subwoofer is installed on each side of the dV-DOSC array. Both the KUDO and dV-DOSC array are concealed in the ceiling, in keeping with Chinese visual aesthetics. On each side of the stage apron is a concealed installation of 10 ARCS medium format line source cabinets and two SB28 subs. A total of 28 8XT compact coaxial enclosures are used as fill speakers; eight for the stage apron, six for second floor down fill, nine for third floor down fill and five for third floor up fill. Additionally, there is a sound effects system of 33 12XTs and two SB28 subs, with 12 12XTs wall mounted on the first floor, nine on the second floor, six on the third floor and six installed into the ceiling, along with the two SB28s. Stage monitoring is provided by 12XT high performance coaxial enclosures, four 115XT HiQ active stage monitors and an SB28 subwoofer.

Experimental Theater

The Experimental Theatre is a 443-seat black-box space. It is rectangular-shaped, 18 meters in width and 26 meters in length space, which can be reconfigured to function as a concert stage, meeting room, thrust theatre, end stage, arena theatre, T-shaped theatre, black box theatre, and a variety of other performances space. There are two forms of lifts under the stage, and different stage forms can be interchanged conveniently. All seats are fixed at the air-cushion trolley along with the stage. The audience seating arrangement can be changed according to different productions’ needs. There are 17 electrically operated booms, 8 lighting flying bars, 4 side flying bars, and 8 single point hoists. The sound system in the Experimental Theatre features PA, fold back and side fill.

This multi-function theatre has a mobile system of eight 115XT HiQs and four SB118 compact subwoofers, which can be configured according to the performance. There is also a stage monitor system of four 12XTs, and a sound effects system of twelve 12XTs and eight 8XTs. Additionally, the Experimental Theater has a rehearsal space and a news room has been installed with 112P self-powered coaxials.