event was organized by the People's Republic of China Ministry of Culture
and presented by CEC - the Cultural Entertainment Company - in cooperation
- 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.
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.
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
In addition to the eight performances
there were two Matinee outdoor performances of
Guiseppe Verdi's "Requiem",
also conducted by Maestro