English version

curtain raiser

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcurtain raiserˈcurtain ˌraiser noun [countable]  BEFOREan event such as a performance or sports event that happens before a more important one A local team are playing as a curtain raiser to the game between England and Italy.
Examples from the Corpus
curtain raiserThis leading part is likely to be the curtain raiser of her opera career.
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