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China National Symphony Orchestra to Perform in Macau

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To celebrate the opening of the newest fully integrated resort city -  Sands Cotai Central - in Macau this April, Sands China will host the China National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO).

The orchestra will perform at the Venetian Theatre on 15 April 2012, accompanied by Chinas top three tenors, Hong Kong Cantopop star Hacken Lee, Chinese female soprano Bing Bing Wang and Italian female mezzo-soprano Sonia Maria Fortunato, forming a diverse and talented ensemble.

 The performances are part of Sands Chinas effort to develop Macau into Asias top entertainment destination and the newly opened Venetian Theatre features culturally enriched shows.

The CNSO is made up of an exceptional team of instrumentalists that have performed numerous classic, romantic and contemporary symphonic works for over half a century. Beyond its profound influence in China, the orchestra has increasingly established a well-respected international reputation for itself. Its consistently high level of performance has taken the group on worldwide tours that have included performances in Asia, Europe and South America, earning it accolades and recognition from leading international press outlets like The London Times, New York Times and the Washington Post.

Chinas Three Tenors Warren Mok, Dai Yuqiang and Wei Song

Warren Mok is the Artistic Director of both Opera Hong Kong and the Macau International Music Festival, and has an operatic repertoire that exceeds 60 roles. Since his European debut in 1987 at Deutsche Opera Berlin, Mok has frequently toured around the globe and actively promotes cultural exchange between Hong Kong, Italy, France and mainland China, helping to make him one of the most-awarded tenors in the industry.

Dai Yuqiang has performed in various classic operas including Tosca, Aida, Carmen, La traviata, La bohme, Mulan Psalm, Xi Shi and Struggles in The Old-Line City. His highly-praised voice made him the first and only Chinese student of Pavarotti. Its just a full, lyric, old-fashioned tenor sound. Its the real thing, described Christopher Mattaliano, General Director of the Portland Opera in Oregon, where Dai made his American debut in Turandot in 2003.

Wei Song, the President of the Shanghai Opera House, has played numerous roles including what is considered the most difficult in the tenor world Othello for which he was highly praised by the public in 2004. Known as Chinas Pavarotti, Song has won a number of awards in the industry and has taken his professional vocals around the world to countries including France, Korea, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, France, Russia, Australia, the United States and Canada.

Hacken Lee

Cantopop sensation Hacken Lee is famous for what many consider to be a flawless singing voice. The Hong Kong superstar has hosted over 20 concert series and collaborated with the largest symphony orchestra in Hong Kong The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in his 2001 concert and with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta last year. Together with Chinas Three Tenors and the CNSO, Lee and company are sure to deliver an unbeatable musical collaboration for Macau music aficionados of every kind.

Bing Bing Wang

Born in China, young female soprano Bing Bing Wang graduated from music school in Italy and returned to Shanghai to perform chamber music, including a commemoration of the works of Mozart and Beethoven as organized by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Wong has also performed in Canada and Italy.

Sonia Maria Fortunato

A graduate of the internationally-known Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan, Sonia Maria Fotrunato is a mezzo-soprano who has been featured in countless performances all over the world. She has also received numerous prestigious awards over the years.

Tickets for the 15 April 2012, 3 pm performance of the China National Symphony Orchestra go on sale Monday, 2 April 2012 at 10 am, on the first floor of Sands Macau and at the CotaiArena box office at The Venetian Macau. They can be purchased in one of three categories: HK$/MOP 800 (A Reserve), 600 (B Reserve), and 400 (C Reserve).

 Packages with round trip CotaiJet ferry tickets between Hong Kong and Macau are also available for HK$/MOP 888 (A Reserve), 688 (B Reserve), and 488 (C Reserve).

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