The Shanghai Opera House Orchestra (SOHO) is one of China's foremost orchestras and is specialised in opera and ballet accompaniment. The ensemble has performed many works from the Western opera repertoire as well as full-length story ballets such as Swan Lake and Don Quixote. The orchestra also plays major works from the traditional Chinese repertoire. The SOHO has performed with internationally renowned conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Alberto Zedda and John Nelson and welcomed famous artists such as Zoltán Kocsis and Lang Lang alongside numerous Chinese conductors and soloists. The orchestra is a regular guest at major Asian festivals (Singapore Arts Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Macau Arts Festival). It has also been invited to perform in Italy, Finland, Sweden and Germany. Furthermore, the SOHO showcases contemporary Chinese music by regularly premiering new compositions.
The Shanghai Opera House Chorus (SOHC) is one of the leading professional choirs on the Chinese music scene and a vocal performance group with a long history. Over the past half-century, the ensemble has accumulated substantial experience in performing opera, oratorio and symphonic choral music. The members of the SOHC also sing a cappella within smaller groups. The SOHC has worked with leading artists in classic operas (Aida, La Traviata, Der fliegende Holländer, Carmen, La Bohème) and the oratorio repertoire (Carmina Burana, The Messiah, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony). The ensemble also performs classic Chinese opera. In the course of its history, the chorus has toured in over thirty countries and contributed to spreading the Chinese culture, which it associates to Western music. In recent years, the SOHC has worked with renowned conductors such as Franz Welser-Möst, Neeme Järvi and Lawrence Foster.