Extraordinary concert by sensational Icelandic musician Faust revives French opera’s golden age

Beautiful scene in opera Faust

The 29th Macao International Music Festival continues to present brilliant performances. Icelandic musician Ólafur Arnalds presents his first performance in Macao that is highly anticipated by audience; while renowned opera Faust brings the audience to the golden age of French opera. Ólafur Arnalds holds a concert at 8pm on 29 October, Thursday, in the Macao Cultural Centre Small Auditorium. This talented musician’s works blend classical, pop and ambient/electronica influences, creating unique compositions through this genre-crossing technique. Besides, being as the Festival’s closing performance, the opera Faust is to be held for three consecutive evenings, between 30 October and 1 November, at 7:30pm, in the Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium. Interpreted by the Macao Orchestra with its Principal Conductor Lü Jia, together with the Coro Lirico Siciliano and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, it brings the audience to the golden age of French opera. Other remarkable performances include concerts Il Mantovano Hebreo and Lamenti and Love Songs – Italian Madrigals from around 1600, by Israeli vocal quintet Profeti della Quinta, to be held, respectively, on 28 and 29 October, at St. Dominic’s Church; the northwestern China ethnic folk music concert Loess Ballads to be held on 31 October in the Macao Cultural Centre Small Auditorium. Original folk music style is brought out by the original folk songs performance from dazzling singer A Bao and the youthful Wang Erni. Audience are suggested to arrive at concert venues in advance. Very limited tickets are still available for some of the above concerts. Ticketing hotline: 2855 5555. For more information about the programme, please browse www.icm.gov.mo/fimm.

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