The concerts will feature soprano Susan Bullock, tenor Chris Merritt, and soprano Gwyneth Jones. At a press conference, de Waart noted that the HKPO asked martial arts novelist Louis Cha to translate the title into Chinese for the performances; Cha's title literally means "love and hatred in the palace."
Other season highlights include a performance by the young Chinese pianist Yundi Li, performing with de Waart for the first time; the Hong Kong premiere of Chen Yi's Percussion Concerto; and the HKPO's first-ever dance commission, a work by choreographer Mui Cheuk-yin set to Ravel's Bolero.
In spring 2006, the HKPO will perform a series of concerts marking the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth and Shostakovich's centenary. The season ends with a three-week Tchaikovsky festival.