National Taichung Theater formally inaugurated

The National Taichung Theater was formally inaugurated Friday with a grand ceremony, in which Vice President Chen Chien-jen expressed the hope that the new landmark will become the incubation base for the performing arts in central Taiwan.

In his address at the opening ceremony, Chen also said he expects the opera house to help Taiwan's art scene to get more firmly rooted.

In addition to Chen, Deputy Legislative Speaker Tsai Chi-chang, Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun, Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung and Japanese architect Toyo Ito, who designed the theater, attended the ceremony, which was followed by the opening show, "Das Rheingold."

The piece is the first part of "Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung)," a cycle of four German-language epic music dramas composed by German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883).

It was performed by the Spanish avant-garde theater troupe, La Fura del Baus, along with the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lu Shao-chia.

Construction of the theater began in November 2009, and the facility had a partial opening Nov. 23, 2014 after the main structure was built.

Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council