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History of Chinese Opera

In the Song Dynasty, the first known opera theatre appeared in China. Under the reign of emperor Kublai Khan in the Yuan Dynasty, the Chinese opera experienced big changes and the period was recognized as the Golden age of the traditional Chinese Opera. This rich operatic heritage was almost lost … Continue Reading →


Roles of Peking Opera

Sheng Sheng The Sheng (生) is the major male role in Peking opera. There are several subtypes of the role Sheng. A dignified older role is called the laosheng. They wear sensible clothing and have a gentle and cultivated manner. There are also types of laosheng roles, for example the … Continue Reading →


Mei Lanfang

Méi was born in Taizhou, Jiangsu(1894), into a family of Beijing Opera and Kūnqǔ performers. He made his stage debut at the Guanghe Theatre in 1904 when he was 10 years old.[1] In his 50-year stage career, he maintained strong continuity while always working on new techniques. His most famous … Continue Reading →


Yuju Opera

Originated in Henan Province, Yuju Opera is one of China’s famous national opera forms. This opera is called Yuju Opera because Henan’s one-character abbreviation is “Yu”, so it is officially named “Yuju” after the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The Yuju opera is basically performed in the Yellow … Continue Reading →


Huangmei Opera

Huangmei Opera, also called Huangmei Tune or Caicha Opera, is one of the most famous traditional operas in China. As a local drama in East China’s Anhui Province, Huangmei Opera actually originated in Huangmei County, Hubei Province, during the 18th century when Chinese local operas were flourishing. After Huangmei Opera … Continue Reading →


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