World-class orchestra to perform at the new Venetian Theatre
(Macao, March 29, 2012) - To celebrate the much-anticipated opening of the newest fully integrated resort city, Sands® Cotai Central this April, Sands China Ltd. is proud to host the China National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO). The orchestra will perform at Venetian Theatre on April 15, accompanied by China's top three tenors, Hong Kong Cantopop star Hacken Lee, Chinese female soprano Bing Bing Wang and Italian female mezzo-soprano Sonia Maria Fortunato, forming a diverse and talented ensemble. The performances are part of Sands China's effort to develop Macao into Asia's top entertainment destination and the newly opened Venetian Theatre features culturally enriched shows.
China National Symphony Orchestra
The CNSO is made up of an exceptional team of instrumentalists that have performed numerous classic, romantic and contemporary symphonic works for over half a century. Beyond its profound influence in China, the orchestra has increasingly established a well-respected international reputation for itself. Its consistently high level of performance has taken the group on worldwide tours that have included performances in Asia, Europe and South America, earning it accolades and recognition from leading international press outlets like The London Times, New York Times and the Washington Post.
China's Three Tenors - Warren Mok, Dai Yuqiang and Wei Song
Warren Mok is the Artistic Director of both Opera Hong Kong & the Macau International Music Festival, and has an operatic repertoire that exceeds 60 roles. Since his European debut in 1987 at Deutsche Opera Berlin, Mok has frequently toured around the globe and actively promotes cultural exchange between Hong Kong, Italy, France and mainland China, helping to make him one of the most-awarded tenors in the industry.
Dai Yuqiang has performed in various classic operas including Tosca, Aida, Carmen, La traviata, La bohème, Mulan Psalm, Xi Shi and Struggles in The Old-Line City. His highly-praised voice made him the first and only Chinese student of Pavarotti. "It's just a full, lyric, old-fashioned tenor sound. It's the real thing," described Christopher Mattaliano, General Director of the Portland Opera in Oregon, where Dai made his American debut in Turandot in 2003.
Wei Song, the President of the Shanghai Opera House, has played numerous roles including what is considered the most difficult in the tenor world - Othello - for which he was highly praised by the public in 2004. Known as "China's Pavarotti," Song has won a number of awards in the industry and has taken his professional vocals around the world to countries including France, Korea, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, France, Russia, Australia, the United States and Canada.
Cantopop sensation Hacken Lee is famous for what many consider to be a flawless singing voice. The Hong Kong superstar has hosted over 20 concert series and collaborated with the largest symphony orchestra in Hong Kong - The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra - in his 2001 concert and with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta last year. Together with China's Three Tenors and the CNSO, Lee and company are sure to deliver an unbeatable musical collaboration for Macao music aficionados of every kind.
Bing Bing Wang
Born in China, young female soprano Bing Bing Wang graduated from music school in Italy and returned to Shanghai to perform chamber music, including a commemoration of the works of Mozart and Beethoven as organized by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Wong has also performed in Canada and Italy.
Sonia Maria Fortunato
A graduate of the internationally-known Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan, Sonia Maria Fotrunato is a mezzo-soprano who has been featured in countless performances all over the world. She has also received numerous prestigious awards over the years.
Tickets for the April 15, 3 pm performance of the China National Symphony Orchestra go on sale Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10 am, on the first floor of Sands® Macao and at the CotaiArena™ box office at The Venetian Macao. They can be purchased in one of three categories: HKD/MOP 800 (A Reserve), 600 (B Reserve), and 400 (C Reserve). Packages with round trip CotaiJet™ ferry tickets between Hong Kong and Macao are also available for HKD/MOP 888 (A Reserve), 688 (B Reserve), and 488 (C Reserve). Tickets can be booked online at www.CotaiTicketing.com, or by phone at +853 2882 8818 (Macao) / +852 6333 6660 (HK), and are also available at Tom Lee Outlets and through Hong Kong Ticketing (customer service fee applies) online at www.HKTicketing.com or by phone at +852 3128 8288.
Photo caption: The China National Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Venetian Theatre on April 15 to celebrate the opening of Sands Cotai Central. The renowned instrumental ensemble will be joined by China's top three tenors, Hong Kong Cantopop star Hacken Lee, Chinese female soprano Bing Bing Wang and Italian female mezzo-soprano Sonia Maria Fortunato.
About Sands China Ltd.
Sands China Ltd. (HKSE: 1928, Sands China or Company) is a subsidiary of global resort developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS), and a listed company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Sands China is the largest operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The Company owns and operates THE VENETIAN® Macao-Resort-Hotel, THE PLAZA™ Macao and SANDS® COTAI CENTRAL at the COTAI STRIP® development and SANDS® Macao Hotel on the Macao peninsula. The Company's integrated resorts contain a diversified mix of leisure and business attractions and transportation operations, including large meeting and convention facilities, a wide range of restaurants, shopping malls, world-class entertainment at the CotaiArena™ and high-speed CotaiJet™ ferry service between Hong Kong and Macao. The Company's property development projects on Cotai have the goal of transforming Cotai into Asia's premier entertainment and business destination. For more information, please visit www.sandschinaltd.com.