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Huangmei Opera

Huangmei Opera. which has a history of more than 200 years. is one of the most famous traditional operas in China. It originated in Huangmei County. Hubei. When brought to Anhui province. Huangmei Opera swiftly thrived in Anqing county and...

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MA Lian-Liang

MA Lian-Liang (1901 - 1966) A male role Lao Sheng player and the founder of the MA Style. He was a graduate of the famous Beijing Opera training school Xi Lian Cheng. He apprenticed JIA Hong-Ling. and then followed YU Shu-Yan. Later he for...

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TAN Xin-Pei

TAN Xin-Pei (1847 - 1917) A male role Lao Sheng player and the founder of TAN Style. He had a sounding reputation. It is said the all Lao Sheng players at his time were following his styles. The imitation of his arias could be heard across...

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Mei Lan-Fang

MEI Lan-Fang (1894 - 1961) The best known Beijing Opera master ever. A superlative singer. actor and dancer of Beijing Opera female role Qing Yi and a towering figure in the Chinese theater. Mei Lan-Fang was born October 22. 1894 in Tai Zh...

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ZHOU Xin-Fang

ZHOU Xin-Fang (1895 - 1975) A Lao Sheng player and the founder of the QI Style. (His stage name is Unicorn Boy Qi Ling Tong. which also commonly means seven-year-old). Staged first at seven. he was the flag of Beijing Opera in south China...

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SHANG Xiao-Yun

SHANG Xiao-Yun (1899 - 1976) A female role Qing Yi player. Born in Nan-Gong of Hebei Province. He entered the ``Triple Happiness Opera School`` and was trained first to be a ``Wu Sheng`` and later ``Qing Yi``. He had a very good skill of a...

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YAN Ju-Peng

YAN Ju-Peng (1890 - 1942) A Lao Sheng player and the founder of YAN Style. He had been a famous Beijing Opera amateur before he formally became an opera actor. He followed TAN Xin-Pei and developed his own singing style which enphasizes th...

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CHEN Yan-Qiu

CHEN Yan-Qiu (1904 - 1958) A Qing Yi player. Born in 1904 and died in 1958. His playing style was recognized as CHEN Style. His voice became narrow and muffled when he was in his teen. So his success attributed to his talent and consistent...

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Roles in beijing opera

The ten Chinese characters shown on left is from a song sung in a Chinese New Year Eve television program. It probably says everything about the roles in Beijing Opera. The first five characters list the five role catagories. The rest tell...

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ZHANG Jun-Qiu

ZHANG Jun-Qiu A female role Qing Yi performer. His style is recognized as ZHANG Style. His plays include `` River-Facing Paguda``. ``Meeting by poem`` etc. He was regarded the number one of the Four Junior Great Female Role Players. A grea...

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