Leading Chinese Artist to Direct Handel Opera

Zhang Huan , one of China’s most famous contemporary artists, has been commissioned by the London-based KT Wong Foundation, in association with Belgian opera house Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, to direct a new production of Handel's Semele, a Baroque opera. The presentation of the classic Greek tale of jealous gods will coincide with the 250th anniversary of Handel's death. Zhang will feature an original Ming Dynasty ancestral temple as part of the production, which will take place in September, and one of his sculptures will be on display outside the opera house. In 2010, the opera will travel to China.