Classical Music/Opera in Shanghai

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  • For the Chinese, music is an obsession, especially Peking Opera and the classical sounds of the traditional Chinese instruments like the gu zheng, er hu and others. You'll find music flowing through the city from passing taxis where the drivers sing along to operas that are hundreds of years old, and from the multitude of opera and concert halls as well as jazz bars (a newer but well received for of performance music for Shanghai).

    The Shanghai Concert Hall is one of the best places to catch live music showings in the form of opera, classical recitals and performances and even jazz. Likewise, the Chinese Opera School trains the city's up and coming performance stars to hone in on their skills and belt out opera tunes to please the masses.

    Smaller theaters have more intimate performances at times, and the Yifu Theater and KunJu Theater are two such examples, though you may need to book early to get a spot.

    For jazz, you'll want to start at the Cigar Jazz Wine bar, or the Peace Hotel. The House of Jazz and Blues is another fantastic place to absorb American/French and now Chinese infusions of this musical genre.

    For something truly unique, try the Ai Ya Japanese nightlife scene with life music from across the pond.

    Tianchan Peking Opera Centre Yifu Theatre

    701 Fu Zhou Road

    Important venue... read more

    Shanghai Concert Hall

    523 Yan An East Road

    Symphony classics... read more

    Shanghai Chinese Opera School

    1551 Zhong Shan Road

    Rising Stars... read more

    KunJu Theater

    9 Shaoxing Lu
    (Pu Xi District)

    Ancient opera... read more

    Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall

    No 105 Hunan Road

    Not A Sound Of Silence... read more

    Shanghai Symphony Orchestra at Jing An Hotel

    370 Hua Shan Road
    Jing'An Hotel, San Diego Hall

    Bach, Beethoven and Brahms... read more

    Peace Hotel Old Jazz Bar

    Cao Xi Bei Lu 1200
    Huating Hotel and Towers (Huating Binguan), Xuhui

    Best Jazz in Shanghai... read more

    Cigar Jazz Wine

    222 Yan An Road
    Bund Center 50/F Office Tower

    Dine in Style... read more

    Ai Ya

    162 Maoming Nan Lu

    Japanese bar... read more

    House of Blues and Jazz (Bulusi Jueshi Zhi Wu)

    60 Fuzhou Road
    Near the Bund

    Blues by the Huangpu River... read more
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