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Voice and Opera Department
The predecessor of this Department at Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM), the Voice Department, was founded in 1950, with Yu Yixuan as director. In 1977, some professors of the predecessor comprised the Opera Department, with Du Li as director. And then the two departments were merged into one, the Voice and Opera Department, in 1984, which was led by a group: Shen Xiang, Jiang Ying, GuoShuzhen and Li Xinchang, with Shen Xiang as acting director. Later, Li Xinchang was appointed to be director from 1986 to 2000 and the new leadership was formed by Liu Dong and Ma Honghai between 2001 and 2004. Afterwards, the Conservatory appointed Zhang Liping as director, with HeiHaitao as deputy director and Ma Honghai as secretary of the Party General Branch of the department and deputy director from 2005 to May 2012. Since June 2012, Zhang Liping has served as director, Zhang Jianyi the head of the Professor Committee, Wang Xianlin deputy director as well as Sun Dongfang secretary of the Party General Branch and deputy director.
At present, 46 faculties are working in the staff team in total. Among them, there are 22 vocal professors including GuoShuzhen, Zhang Liping, Wang Xianlin, Sun Dongfang, HeiHaitao, Zhao Dengying, Ma Honghai, PengKangliang, Liu Dong, Cheng Da, Yuan Chenye and Huang Li; distinguished vocal professors: Zhang Jianyi (USA), Zhu Ailan (USA)， Deng Xiaojun (USA) and Liu Yue (Germany); an external professor: Wang Xiufen; three associate professors: Yang Xiaoping, Sun Yuanyuan, Li Guoling; two instructors: XieTian and Zhang Zhang. It has 18 faculties for the vocal music with accompaniment and vocal coaches, including re-employed professors Hu Shixi and Zhang Huiqin, associate professors Wang Yunxi, Wang Nannan, Zhang Jialin and Wei Wei, instructors Jiang Lu, Qian Hong, Chen Xi, Pan Xiaoqing, Zhang Jiajia, Wang Wei, Liu Quan, Sui Chao, and Qin Yu as well as an assistant Jiang Ying and Jian Yi on probation. There are 3 faculties in the performance research office, involving a re-invited professor QiaoLumin and two instructors Wang Hui and XuXiaoming. In addition, the Department appoints Li Ayuan as a secretary, Wei Yuhong as a counselor and an external member of Fu Guanqi to be in charge of the music service.
Master degree program is authorized in the Voice and Opera Department by the Academic Degree Committee of the State Council. There are vocal master supervisors, including professors as GuoShuzhen, Zhang Liping, Wang Xianlin, Zhang Jianyi(USA), Sun Dongfang, HeiHaitao, Zhao Dengying, Ma Honghai, PengKangliang, Yuan Chenye, Zhu Ailan (USA), Liu Yue (Germany), Wang Xiufen, Huang Li, Liu Dong, Cheng Da, Deng Xiaojun (USA), as well as two associate professors Sun Yuanyuan and Li Guoling. Additionally, there are master supervisors aiming at vocal music with accompaniment and vocal coaches, including such two professors as Hu Shixi, Zhang Huiqin and three associate professors as Wang Nannan, Zhang Jialin and Wei Wei.
The Voice and Opera Department houses three research offices, with professor HeiHaitao as the head of the vocal research office, an associate professor Zhang Jialin as the head of the research office of piano accompaniment and an instructor Wang Hui as the head of the performance research office. It has traditionally laid great stress on improving the comprehensive professional quality and skills, and organized the students to participate in the rehearsal and performances of multiple operas. There are renowned operas which have been given public performances at the Conservatory and beyond, achieving great success, such as Regret for the Past, Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, La Bohème, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Carmen, La Clemenza di Tito, Die ZauberFlöte, Madama Butterfly, Eugene Onegin, Dido and Aeneas, Semele, Aida.
Also, the Department has attached the CCOM Youth Choir which is composed of some outstanding students, participating in a variety of large-scale performance activities hosted by China Central Television (CCTV) and beyond. In September 2002, the Choir along with Mr. Seiji Ozawa, the world-famous conductor, performed an opera of Madama Butterfly in Japan, which was accredited and well received. In the New Year Concert of Beijing held at the Great Hall of the People in December 2003, the Youth Choir in collaboration with London Philharmonic Orchestra and other choruses, performed the fourth movement choral “Ode to Joy” of Beethoven’s symphony No.9, which has been closely watched and acclaimed. At invitation in 2004, the Choir participated in the ceremony of Beijing torch relay of the Athens Olympics at the Mutianyu Great Wall and performed a chorus which has exerted a great influence.
In December 2007, the Choir successfully performed a second choral “Ode to Joy” of Beethoven’s symphony, which has aroused widespread interest and acclaimed. Along with Yale University in July 2008, it exhibited a perfect performance of Mahlesymphony which has won praise. Afterwards, it presented a third choral of “Ode to Joy” in its Concert Hall in 2009 when CCOM celebrated the 70th anniversary. Later, every one joined in the chorus of Starlight in the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in November. Additionally, the Choir participated in the concert of noted songwriters’ works of modern China held in NCPA on 9 January, 2012,
In the Yale University’s International Choir Festival, the Youth Choir was invited to visit the USA from June 18 to 27 of 2012, attending the Music festival activity as a distinguished guest. It performed respectively in such places as Sprague Memorial Hall at Yale in New Haven, Harvard’s Memorial Hall Sanders Theatre in Boston and the historic Flushing High School Auditorium in New York. Moreover, it shared ideas and performed with a local noted Chinese chorus in the First Chinese Choir Festival of New York, which gained a big success. Since 2004, the Chorus has performed five operas of the Voice and Opera Department, involving Rigoletto, La Traviata, Die ZauberFlöte, Madama Butterfly, Eugene Onegin, Dido and Aeneas, Regret for the Past, Semele, Aida, Così fan tutte. Each perfect performance has been acclaimed by people from all walks of life, the world community and foreign friends. Particularly, the Yellow River Cantata has provoked a stir in the society when it was performed in NCPA on August 2015 in memory of the 70th anniversary of the victory of the World Anti-fascist War.
The Voice and Opera Department imparts knowledge and cultivates students, with the purpose of training top-notch vocal music talents. The Department never fails to emphasize the art quality-oriented education while setting a high standard for their professional competence; it keeps in mind that the strength of the faculty should be enforced by recruiting outstanding members. Over the years, it has contributed to the national training of numerous preeminent vocalists and opera performers, many of whom have emerged on large-scale opera and music stages around the world.