The event was organized by the People's Republic of China Ministry of Culture and presented by CEC - the Cultural Entertainment Company - in cooperation with CPAA - the China Performing Arts Agency - and O.O.S. — Opera on Original Site, Inc. - a company experienced in marketing and promoting large-scale open-air productions.

Five years of preparatory work were involved before, in the spring 1997, O.O.S. — Opera on Original Site, Inc., received the necessary permits and an official invitation from the Chinese authorities to produce Turandot in 1998 in the Forbidden City. The total budget amounted to almost 15 million US Dollars.

The same producers who were successful with "The Three Tenors" concerts are undertaking this project. The team has proven its ability through annual seasons at the Arena di Verona and the unique production of "Aida" at Luxor to realize large-scale open-air productions of the highest possible standard

In addition to the eight performances of Turandot,
there were two Matinee outdoor performances of
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also conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta.

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