On August 14, 2023, the China Conservatory of Music and the China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater officially signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement. The signing ceremony was attended by Li Xincao, President of the China Conservatory of Music, Wang Cui, member of the Party Committee and Vice President, Zhuge Yannan, Secretary of the Party Committee of the China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater, and Tian Yan, member of the Party Committee and Vice President. Representatives from various departments of the China Conservatory of Music, including the Party Committee's Propaganda Department, the Education and Teaching Center, and the Graduate School, as well as leaders and actor representatives from the China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater's Program Creation Department, Symphony Orchestra, and National Orchestra, among others, were also present. Over ten media outlets, including People's Daily, China Media Group, Guangming Daily, China Education Television, China Art, Beijing Daily, BTV, Beijing Youth Daily, Music Weekly, and Sina, attended the event. The ceremony was presided over by Wu Zhiwu, Head of the Education and Teaching Center of the China Conservatory of Music.
President Li Xincao extended a warm welcome to the leaders and guests from the China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater and provided an overview of the development and achievements in opera composition, performance, theoretical research, and talent cultivation at the academy since its establishment. He expressed great expectations for the future collaboration between the university and the theater, envisioning a bright prospect for the growth of the Chinese opera industry through their joint efforts. President Li Xincao emphasized that both institutions share a common historical origin since their founding and have made significant contributions to the development of Chinese opera. This strategic cooperation represents a robust initiative to promote the study and implementation of Xi Jinping's Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, the practical implementation of the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, and the advancement of the construction of a culturally strong nation. Based on national strategic needs and serving the development of Beijing as the "Four Centers," both parties aim to drive the significant growth of Chinese opera by collaborating to create an integrated artistic platform for opera production, education, research, and performance. They will work together with shared development goals and a historical mission to consolidate even greater strength, providing a powerful impetus for the advancement of Chinese opera.
Secretary Zhuge Yannan from the China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater expressed gratitude for the continuous support from the China Conservatory of Music over the years, which has produced numerous outstanding opera talents for the theater. She noted that both institutions, with opera original works and classic repertoire performances as the basis, have established a multidimensional platform for talent development. They have also jointly contributed to the inheritance, innovation, and development of Chinese opera in the fields of academic research and system construction. This collaboration will further boost the prosperity and development of China's performing arts.
Wu Pan, a member of the China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater's Opera Troupe, recipient of the 17th Wenhua Performance Award, and an external teacher at the China Conservatory of Music, expressed in her speech that she will continuously improve her skills from the perspective of performance and teaching. She aims to set an example for young opera talents and encourages them to forge ahead on the path of inheriting and developing Chinese opera art.
In the presence of President Li Xincao and Secretary Zhuge Yannan, Vice President Wang Cui and Vice President Tian Yan, as representatives of the signing parties, signed the strategic cooperation framework agreement.
The strategic cooperation agreement between the China Conservatory of Music and the China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater will promote the restaging of classic opera productions and the creation of original works, paving the way for the preservation and innovation of Chinese opera. The collaboration will result in shared resources and a joint talent development platform, nurturing high-level, versatile talents in the fields of Chinese opera performance, theoretical research, composition, and management. Together, they will establish an artistic hub for the integration of opera production, education, research, and performance, contributing to a continuous pool of talent for the Chinese opera industry. By focusing on the window of opera art, they aim to cultivate a reservoir of talents, create an artistic talent think tank, and present opera art with Chinese characteristics, style, and flair, all centered around the people. Together, they anticipate ushering in a new era of significant development for the Chinese opera industry.