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The annual Macao International Music Festival (MIMF) returns once again with remarkable operas and a diverse array of programmes, offering music lovers no less than twenty-two outstanding shows. The productions, whether grand operas, harmonious choral concerts or refined chamber music recitals, have all been carefully selected from among the world’s best.

Wagner and Verdi were prominent composers in the opera world of the 19th century and remain greatly admired to this day. The MIMF, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of their birth, presents Wagner’s Das Rheingold and Verdi’s Aida, offering the public the rare opportunity to enjoy first hand a pair of fully-staged works by these two outstanding composers.

Highly accomplished and possessing a superb technique, the world famous Dresden Philharmonic takes to the stage under the direction of its Principal Conductor, Michael Sanderling, and joined by renowned violinist Julia Fischer. Another violinist, one of the first Asians in her field to break into the international arena, South Korean musician Kyung-Wha Chung will display her prolific music talent. Returning to Macao this year are the world-class Vienna Boys Choir and the acclaimed Gulbenkian Orchestra. The latter will interpret, among other works, Antonín Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony, allowing audiences to enjoy the profound elegance of  asterworks in classical music.

Taiwanese singer-songwriter Deserts Xuan and her band Algae ascend the Mount Fortress stage, preceded by local opening act L.A.V.Y., Norwegian singer Silje Nergaard evokes jazzy rhythms and the Russian Terem Quartet showcases its singular style and creativity. Two unique musical genres, Portuguese Fado and the Cantonese Naamyam narrative songs, meet and mingle for the first time ever in a special musical evening at the UNESCO-listed Mandarin’s House. The Broadway Musical Miss Saigon recounts a love story set in times of war to the sounds of an outstanding score sung by strong voices, bringing the Festival to a powerful and stirring close that is sure to move audiences and heighten their appreciation of the performing arts.

The MIMF is a colourful musical event based on diversity stemming from the fusion of East and West. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all the participating musicians and groups, as well as the supporting staff. Your combined efforts and participation have transformed the MIMF into an extraordinary event and have brought touching melodies from the heart to the ears of music lovers.

Extra performance of “Miss Saigon – The Musical” More