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Is China Becoming the Next Global Cultural Powerhouse?

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China’s boom shows no signs of slowing.

Strategists emphasize that, despite the apparent tightening of credit conditions by policymakers, Beijing’s economy continues to hum with strong investment in fixed assets, accelerating industrial production, and brisk auto production and sales. (HT: Yardeni Research)

But, in addition to its economic prowess, there is a new phenomenon that some in China say signal its role as an emerging cultural power.

Specifically, after years spent building spectacular, state-of-the art opera houses in major metropolises and unheralded backwaters, China is now experiencing a boom in opera production, opera education and original opera creation.

“Opera development is like a miniature of the country,” said Chen Zuohuang, music director of the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. “Too fast and very ambitious.”

The New York Times elaborates: “Ultimately, China’s many advantages — fancy new opera houses that must be filled, a cash-rich government determined to become a global cultural powerhouse, an endless supply of talent coming out of conservatories, young audiences eager to learn about opera — are certain to make the nation an operatic force, as major players in the global opera world have already noticed.”

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