September 29, 2015 / 8:05 PM / 3 years ago

China's first lady offers tips at Juilliard performance in New York

NEW YORK - China’s first lady Peng Liyuan, who before her husband’s rise to power was already known as one of her country’s most famous singers, offered some tips during a performance at the Juilliard School.

China's first lady Peng Liyuan smiles as she addresses an audience during a visit to the Smithsonian Zoo accompanied by United States first lady Michelle Obama (not pictured) in Washington September 25, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

During the first visit to the United States by her husband President Xi Jinping for the United Nations General Assembly, she coached soprano Liv Redpath after a performance of a traditional Chinese song.

The first lady visited Juilliard as it announced plans to open a satellite school in China. The Tianjin Juilliard School, which will be its first campus outside New York, is set to open in 2018.  

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