Guangzhou Opera House

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Guangzhou Opera House
General information
StatusComplete
LocationGuangzhou, People's Republic of China
Coordinates23°7′3″N 113°19′2″E / 23.1175°N 113.31722°E / 23.1175; 113.31722Coordinates: 23°7′3″N 113°19′2″E / 23.1175°N 113.31722°E / 23.1175; 113.31722
GroundbreakingJanuary 2005[1]
InauguratedMay 9, 2010
Cost1.38 billion yuan (approx. US$200 million)
Design and construction
ArchitectZaha Hadid
Other information
Seating capacity1804 (Opera Hall)
Website
www.gzdjy.org
 
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Guangzhou Opera House
General information
StatusComplete
LocationGuangzhou, People's Republic of China
Coordinates23°7′3″N 113°19′2″E / 23.1175°N 113.31722°E / 23.1175; 113.31722Coordinates: 23°7′3″N 113°19′2″E / 23.1175°N 113.31722°E / 23.1175; 113.31722
GroundbreakingJanuary 2005[1]
InauguratedMay 9, 2010
Cost1.38 billion yuan (approx. US$200 million)
Design and construction
ArchitectZaha Hadid
Other information
Seating capacity1804 (Opera Hall)
Website
www.gzdjy.org

Guangzhou Opera House (simplified Chinese: 广州大剧院; traditional Chinese: 廣州大劇院; pinyin: Guǎng​zhōu​ da​jù​yuàn​) is a newly constructed Chinese opera house in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, People's Republic of China.

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History

In April 2002 an international architectural competition attracted Coop Himmelb(l)au, Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid - each producing detailed designs.[2][3] In November 2002, Zaha Hadid's "double pebble" was announced the winner and the groundbreaking ceremony was held early in 2005.[1]

The theatre has become the biggest performing centre in southern China and is one of the three biggest theatres in the nation alongside Beijing's National Grand Theatre and Shanghai's Shanghai Grand Theatre. May 2010 saw American filmmaker Shahar Stroh direct the premiere production of the opera house: Puccini's opera Turandot[1] which had in previous years been a controversial opera in China.[4]

The project cost 1.38 billion yuan (approx. US$200 million).[5][6]

Design

The structure was designed by Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid;[7] its freestanding concrete auditorium set within an audacious exposed granite and glass-clad steel frame took over five years to build, and was praised upon opening by architectural critic Jonathan Glancey in The Guardian, who called it "at once highly theatrical and insistently subtle."[8] The dramatic structure was the source of inspiration behind fashion designer Vivienne Tam's fall '10 collection.[9]

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