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Chinese opera

Yue Meiti - Kunqu Opera's great survivor

Yue Meiti plays a young male role in a Kunqu Opera performance

Kunqu, also known as Kunju, Kun opera or Kunqu Opera, is one of the oldest extant forms of Chinese opera. It evolved from the Kunshan melody, and dominated Chinese theatre from the 16th to the 18th centuries. The style originated in the Wu cultural area.
Kunqu was developed during the late Ming Dynasty (14th century), and a famous early pioneer was Gu Jian of Qiandeng town in Kunshan. Kunqu has influenced on many other Chinese theatre forms, including Jingju (Peking Opera). Its emergence ushered in the second Golden Era of Chinese drama.
Kun Qu songs are accompanied by a bamboo flute, a small drum, wooden clappers, gongs and cymbals, all used to punctuate actions and emotions on stage.



The Vocal Art of Chinese Beijing Opera

The Vocal Art of Chinese Beijing Opera comprises some 283 excellent arias sung by more than 120 eminent Beijing Opera artists over the period from 1910 to the 1980s. Among them were Tan Xinpei, Yang Xiaolou, Yu Shuyan and Mei Lanfang. This collection, which represents the top-level vocal art of Beijing Opera, not only meets the need for entertainment, but is of great value to scholars in the history of Beijing Opera.

Selected Beijing Opera Arias CDs and Performce DVDs

Beijing Opera is a performing art unique in its aesthetic achievement. Though Beijing Opera is a combination of many aspects of the performing art, vocal art is its most essential part. It can be said with certainty that without vocal art there is no opera. The singing of both male and female roles is diverse and expressive, giving vent to their innermost feelings and emotions. It has an enchanting artistic appeal.

Peking Opera renaissance

Children performers

Peking opera or Beijing opera (simplified Chinese: 京剧; traditional Chinese: 京劇; pinyin: Jīngjù) is a form of traditional Chinese theatre which combines music, vocal performance, mime, dance and acrobatics. It arose in the late 18th century and became fully developed and recognized by the mid-19th century. The form was extremely popular in the Qing Dynasty court and has come to be regarded as one of the cultural treasures of China.

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