Category:  Opera / Music Theatre

Movements: ORIGINALLY COMPOSED IN MANDARIN LANGUAGE. Music: Enjott Schneider /Libretto: WeiJin / conductor: Muhai Tang / director: Kasper Holten (co-directed Amy Lane)

No. 1 PRELUDE - No. 2 PROLOGUE - No. 3 JOURNEY TO CHINA - No. 4 SAMARKAND - No. 5 HUXUAN DANCE - Nr. 6 ARGHUN - No. 7 MARCO & LIU NIANG - No. 8 CHUAN YUN - Nr. 9 SHADOWS OF LOVE - No. 10 EAST & WEST - No. 11 CONFLICTS NORTH & SOUTH - No. 12 WORDS, SWORDS & A POEM - No. 13 GREAT WAR ON THE HORIZON - No. 14 LIU NIANG’S NIGHTMARE - No. 15 CONSPIRACIES - No. 16 JINGIM - No. 17 JIA SIADO’S STRATEGIES - No. 18 SOUTH OF YANGTZEE - No. 19 FAREWELL - No. 20 KUBLAI KHAN - No. 21 FALLEN FROM GRACE - No. 22 ANGER BLINDS - No. 23 FALL OF THE SONG - No. 24 MARCO’S MONOLOGUE - No. 25 WEN TIANXIANG - No. 26 CAPITULATION OR EXECUTION - No. 27 LET ME DEPART IN PEACE - No. 28 ENCOUNTER IN THE TEAHOUSE - No. 29 THE LAST DANCE - No. 30 DEATH OF CHUAN YUN - No. 31 MARCO IS READY TO DIE - No. 32 WE SHALL BE ALIVE - No. 33 FINALE: YOU ARE MY ORIENT-----

Duration: 180 Minutes

Publisher of notes/sheet music: Opera house Guangzhou. copyright/property of chinese government , 2018

Instrumentation: Soloists, Choir, Ballett, Symphony-Orchestra
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Singers & Orchestration MARCO POLO: ---------------------------

Marco Polo - Tenor....... /
Chuan Yun - Soprano...../
Wen Tianxiang - high baritone...../
Jingim / Arghun (double role) - Baritone......./
Kublai Khan - Bass-Baritone........../
Liu Niang - Mezzosoprano....../
Jia Sidao - high tenor (Heldentenor)....../
Niccolo /Warden (double role) - Bass-Baritone......../
Maffeo / Rustichello (double role) - Baritone............/

MIXED CHOIR (about50-60 singers)---------------------------------------

Orchestration MARCO POLO:--------------------
Flutes 1+2 (2nd also Piccoloflute).../
Oboes 1+2 (2nd also Cor Anglais).../
Clarinets (in Bb) 1+2 (2nd also Bass Clarinet).../
Bassoon 1+2 (second also Contrabassoon).../
French Horns (F) 1-3.../
Trumpets (in Bb) 1+2.../
Trombones (T+T+B).../
Bass tuba.../
1 Harp.../
1 electronic keyboard / sampling keyboard (with small amplifying) for: Celesta, Piano, harpsichord, different sounds....../
Timpani
5 Percussion Players (western and chinese percussion, including a marimbaphone and a xylophone)
Large String Orchestra (14-12-10-8-8).........../
Ensemble with 4 traditional chinese instruments: Erhu - Pipa - Dizi Flute - Yangqin

Text/Lyrics by: Libretto by Weijin

Additional remarks: The opera MARCO POLO was originally composed in chinese/mandarin language and is also sung in chinese/mandarin (not in english)....................................................................................


Opera House Guangzhou
The opera was commissioned by Government of China and China Arts & Entertainment Group/ President: Li Jinsheng, Executive Producer Stephanie Chang

World premiere:  04.05.2018, Opera House Guangzhou (Canton) Southchina, second Performance in BeijingTianqiao Performing Arts Center

Performers at world premiere: Macao Symphony Orchestra (in Beijing: Tianjin Symphony Orchestra) /
Conductor: Muhai Tang /
Stage Director: Kasper Holten & Amy Lane /
Set- and Video design: Luke Halls /
Costume Design: Emma Ryott /
Light Design: Bruno Poet /
Movement Director: Michael Barry /
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with singers:
Peter Lohdal (Marco Polo) /
Elise Caluwaerts (Chuan Yun) /
Hao Jiang Tian/in Beijing: Zhao Ming (Kublai Khan) /
Yunpeng Wang/ in Beijing: Yuan Chenye (Wen Tianxiang) /
Ning Lian (Liu Niang)
Keija Xiong (Jia Sidao, Sully)
Guodong Feng (Jingim/Arghun)
Jonathan Gunthorpe (Niccolo, Warden)
Damien Thantrey (Maffeo, Rustichello)
XingSheng Choir of Xinghai Conservatory of Music