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The romantic operetta Land of Smiles was shown in Shanghai Opera

The romantic operetta Land of Smiles was shown in Shanghai Opera

The romantic operetta The Land of Smiles (in Hungarian: A mosoly országa) by Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Lehar was shown for the first time in the Shanghai Opera on Wednesday.

In a unique development, the performance has been adapted to stage in a Hungarian-Chinese coproduction symbolising “a meeting of the east and the west”, organisers said.

The story is also symbolic as it is revolving around the love of a European countess, Lisa and a Chinese prince, Sou-Chong.

The operetta, one of Lehar’s latest works released in 1929, is performed in Shanghai by European and Chinese artists and musicians with the 200 costumes prepared in a workshop near the city.

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The production will travel on for further showings in China and Europe including Hungary on February 1 and 2.

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Photo: chine.in

Source: MTI

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