The trea­sure of Pek­ing Opera has to be passed on to the next gen­er­a­tion and in­her­ited.”

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - 12 Life - XIN­HUA

David Ho,

Ma, one of the lead­ing ac­tors in the show, is 75 and has won nu­mer­ous awards for his per­for­mance skills in China. He was also awarded a “life­time achieve­ment medal” in 2006 at New York’s Lin­coln Cen­ter. The show was also ded­i­cated to the 66th an­niver­sary of his per­sonal Pek­ing Opera ca­reer.

While a large pro­por­tion of the au­di­ence were gray­haired Chi­nese Amer­i­cans who are in love with this tra­di­tional opera and fa­mil­iar with al­most ev­ery de­tail of this clas­sic show, there were also young Amer­i­cans, at­tracted to Chi­nese cul­ture and the­atri­cal arts.

“It’s fun to hear the au­di­ence get ex­cited,” said 22-year-old Amer­i­can stu­dent Eli­jah, who in­terned at a lo­cal Chi­nese the­atri­cal work­shop in the sum­mer. “I re­ally en­joyed it.”

Eli­jah said that he didn’t know the story be­fore­hand, but es­pe­cially liked the scenes with Zhuge Liang and Lu Su, the mas­ter­minds who play de­ci­sive roles in the bat­tle.

“I think there’s a lot of great singing hap­pen­ing,” he said.

David Ho, an 80-yearold re­tired news­pa­per ed­i­tor, has ded­i­cated a lot of time to trans­lat­ing Pek­ing Opera scripts into English.

“The trea­sure of Pek­ing Opera has to be passed on to the next gen­er­a­tion and in­her­ited. I wish one day it could be staged in Broad­way the­aters, let­ting the world see the way Chi­nese peo­ple per­form their drama,” said Ho.

The show was the high­light of the 12th Win­ter Cul­tural Ex­change Fes­ti­val of the New York Chi­nese Opera So­ci­ety, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion com­mit­ted to pre­serv­ing and pro­mot­ing the art form.

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