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Opera 'Lucia di Lammermoor' comes to Beijing

Lucia di Lammermoor features Chinese-Canadian soprano Zhang Liping. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Lucia di Lammermoor, a coproduction by Russia's Mariinsky Theatre and the National Center for the Performing Arts, will be staged in Beijing from April 9 to 12 as the opener for the NCPA Opera Festival.
Conducted by Valery Gergiev, and directed and designed by Yannis Kokkos, the opera will be performed by both Chinese and Western singers.


"The National Center for the Performing Arts has tried to present a variety of operas for the audiences since its 2007 founding," says NCPA's vice-president Zhao Tiechun.


He adds that the ties between the NCPA and Mariinsky Theatre-one of the most prestigious theaters in Russia-go back many years.


Mariinsky's opera and ballet company performed at the NCPA's opening in December 2007. The company has also toured in China. In 2014, Mariinsky Theatre and the NCPA collaborated on Pyotr Tchaikovsky's three-act opera, Eugene Onegin, in which Gergiev conducted the NCPA orchestra and choir.


Dream big Yu


Miao Pei jumped off after thirty seconds, the car will hit a bridge column, shock wave will lift to fly in to her, for a long time, she woke up from a coma, he found a broken rib.
But she did not dare to stop, struggling to get up, just open a car. Back to the villa, after she finished dressing room Jianhuan consciousness to care to go, but was stopped by Mr. Butler: "now is not convenient company registry hong kong."
In fact, Pei Miao heard from the door behind the woman enchanting a gasp, hear people blush, Gu Jianhuan has never been a restrained man, what type of woman he has dabbled, once met a Miao Pei just won the best actress actress.
The housekeeper critically Pei Pei Miao Miao, silent, or kick the door open. Woman in bed with a scream, cover the chest, Gu Jianhuan turned to see her, smiled and said: "Miao Miao, you come back."
Miao Pei ah sound, went straight to the wall, will expand their folding bed lay down. This is her eccentricities, must sleep in Gu Jianhuan. Gu Jianhuan didn't mind, kiss the neck beauty body, beauty a sensational sound. He went to look for light, Pei Miaozheng lying there, hand in the lower abdomen, even frown not move dermes vs medilase.
Suddenly melancholy, Gu Jianhuan waved his hand, beauty cleverly picked up the clothes left. He also came up, picked up the Pei seedlings thrown into the bed. The bed is very soft, like falling into a fall in the cloud, Miao Pei opened his eyes, amber eyes glowed Jianhuan gu. She is like a delicate beauty like, not walk, can let people play.
My heart suddenly appeared to be hidden, Gu Jianhuan grabbed her jaw, mercilessly kiss. Her lips dry up because of blood loss, but still soft and sweet. The moonlight shines on her face, outline the quiet quiet soft shadow, she stared at him, eyes clearly reflects his shadow, but like others dermes.
"What are you looking at?" He asked in a low voice. "Just look at me, you know?"
Miao Pei did not speak, let him viciously kissing, only when he met his wounds, she can't help humming sound, the sound hoarse with a touch of sweet, but more and more summon spirits. For a long time, Gu Jianhuan went to take a bath, Miao Pei quietly lying in bed, staring at the ceiling on complicated patterns carved eyes, silent.

The number of elephants on the African steppe has dropped significantly


Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Inc. today announced the results of the $7 million, three-year Great Elephant Census1 (GEC - http://www.greatelephantcensus.com/), the first-ever pan-African survey of savanna2 elephants using standardized3 data collection and validation4 methods. Managed by Elephants Without Borders (EWB,) the immense project's report confirms substantial declines in elephant numbers over just the last decade dermes vs medilase. The researchers report that the current rate of species decline is 8 percent per year, primarily due to poaching. The Pan-African survey shows the estimated savannah elephant population to be 352,271 within the 18 countries surveyed to-date, representing at least 93 percent of savannah elephants in these countries. For savannah elephant populations in 15 of the GEC countries, for which repeat counts were available, populations declined by 30 percent between 2007 and 2014. 84 percent of the population surveyed was sighted in legally protected areas compared to 16 percent in unprotected areas. However, large numbers of carcasses were observed in many protected areas indicating that elephants are struggling both within and outside of parks. Experts say the ivory trade and poaching pose serious threats and there is now a risk that savannah elephants could disappear from parts of Africa. The scientific report of the GEC findings was published on August 31, in the peer-reviewed open access journal PeerJ and is freely accessible at https://peerj.com/articles/2354/


The GEC team used the most accurate, up-to-date counting and statistical5 methods to analyze6 data, accurately7 determining the number and distribution of the great majority of African savanna elephants and this now provides a baseline on a continental8 scale for future surveys and trend analyses, that wildlife ecologists will be able to use to coordinate9 conservation efforts dermes vs medilase.


Overall, 90 scientists, six non-governmental organization partners, and two advisory10 partners, managed by a team at Paul Allen's Vulcan Inc. collaborated11 in the work. These included the organizations Elephants Without Borders, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Nature Conservancy, Frankfurt Zoological Society, African Parks Network and the advisory groups Save the Elephants and the International Union for Conservation of Nature's African Elephant Specialist Group. The effort was conducted which partnered with in country park biologists, rangers12, and game wardens13 dermes vs medilase.