Zhang Yimou to Stage Opera for London Olympics

Chinese director Zhang Yimou is set to stage an Opera in London as part of an arts show lead up to the 2012 Olympics.

The version of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot will feature 600 artists from both China and Britain.

Turandot originated in Persia but is set in China and tells the story of a princess so desirable that men came from all over the world to vie for her love.

They do so at their own peril however, as suitors who fail to answer a series of riddles are decapitated.

Zhang, a well-known Chinese film director, with multiple Oscar nominations, was responsible for the spectacular opening ceremony at the Beijing Olympics.

His production of Turnadot will be performed at Wembley Stadium in June as part of the run-up to the 2012 Olympics.


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