With the modernisation which has occurred in China in recent years cultural barriers have also been breaking down.
GV INTERIOR Chinese seated in theatre. (2 SHOTS)
SV People entering.
CU Programmes in Chines. People reading it.
SV Carmen singing aria.
CU Leading male singer PULL BACK TO GV cast singing.
SV Audience applaud.
SV Producer Rene Terraissen, and conductor Jean Perisson, presenting children with bouquets as audience applause.
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Background: With the modernisation which has occurred in China in recent years cultural barriers have also been breaking down. The Chinese Communist State regards most western pop music as deviant and vulgar, but western classical music has received more encouragement. On January 1, Peking witnessed the first production of the opera 'Carmen' to be staged in Mandarin. Written by the French composer, Georges Bizet in 1875, Carmen was based on a story by the French author Prosper Merimee. In it Carmen, the heroine, rejects the love of a soldier and runs away with a champion bullfighter. The opera has become one of the best-known and most popular of works in the West. The Chinese audience warned to this production and at the end producer, Rene Terraissen, and conductor, Jean Perisson, handed bouquets to the children who had featured in the chorus.