Everyone knows that the 2008 Olympics begin tomorrow in Beijing. Not coincidentally , the Divas will be competing vocally in a series of concerts dubbed Global Harmony: The Divas in Beijing. Global Harmony was created by XXZY Entertainment. The Divas are Renée Fleming, Angela Gheorghiu and Sumi Jo, with special guests divos Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Marcello Giordani, Salvatore Licitra, Ramón Vargas and Jonas Kaufmann. The first concert was last night with Angela Gheorghiu at the National Grand Theatre. On Monday the 11th, Sumi Jo will also perform at the National Grand Theatre. On the 13th, three tenors Marcello Giordani, Salvatore Licitra and Ramón Vargas are up at the Great Hall of the People. Each are under the baton of Emmanuel Villaume. On Thursday the 14th, Renée Fleming, Sumi Jo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Jonas Kaufmann and Chinese singer Zhu Jiali are conducted by Nicola Luisotti at the Great Hall of the People. The final concert, at the National Grand Theatre, is on Saturday the 16th with Renée Fleming and Jonas Kaufmann, conducted by Nicola Luisotti. The China National Opera Orchestra will accompany each evening.
These concerts are being filmed. According to Jill Gephardt at ZZYX Entertainment, "Broadcast distribution is currently being finalized. Our expectation is that it will air in November or December of 2008. The schedule should be available by October and will be posted on http://www.divasinbeijing.com."