Among the new MFA students of Shanghai Theatre Academy enrolled this fall, there is a group of postgraduate students in the field of opera production and management to be jointly trained by the Shanghai Theatre Academy and the Shanghai Grand Theatre Art Center. Recently, the opening ceremony of this class was held in the Shanghai Opera House, marking the full commencement of the first domestic program to cultivate MFA students in opera production and management, which is also another important initiative for the educational circles and the industry to jointly help the development of Shanghai's performing arts industry and increase the level of education-industry integration.
In 2025, the Shanghai Grand Opera House will be completed in Pudong as a heavyweight project in the city’s efforts to build itself into the City of Performing Arts in Asia. Focusing on the demand for the orderly operation of the Shanghai Grand Opera House in the future, and for constantly improving the professional and international level of Shanghai’s opera production, the Shanghai Theatre Academy and the Shanghai Grand Theater Art Center have jointly designed this co-project of talents training, which enrolled 28 students this year.
Huang Changyong, president of the Shanghai Theatre Academy, introduced the origin and basic information of the project in his opening speech. Zhang Xiaoding, general manager of the Shanghai Grand Theatre and deputy head of the Preparatory Group for the Operation of the Shanghai Grand Theatre, delivered a speech. Chen Ping, the first president of the National Centre for the Performing Arts and chairman of the Beijing Federation of Literary and Art Circles, attended the opening ceremony online.
Shen Liang, dean of STA’s Graduate School, and Liu Zhixin, dean of STA’s College of Creative Studies, also spoke at the opening ceremony.
Xu Zhong, president of the Shanghai Opera House and a famous musician, brought the first lesson of opera production - “How is the Opera Made” to the MFA students of opera production.
At the opening ceremony, Huang Changyong also presented the Certificate of Specially Appointed Advisor of MFA Program - Opera Production and Management to Chen Ping, and presented the Certificate of Specially Appointed Artistic Director of MFA Program - Opera Production and Management to Xu Zhong.
Relevant personnel from the Shanghai Theatre Academy, the Shanghai Grand Theater Art Center and the Shanghai Opera House, as well as all students of this class, attended the opening ceremony. The opening ceremony was presided over by Huang Yunjin, professor of STA and executive director of the MFA Program - Opera Production and Management.