Com­bin­ing the tra­di­tional with the modern

Changjiang Weekly - - FOCUS -

Beau­ti­ful Life, a large-scale Beijing Opera drama co-pro­duced by Wuhan Beijing Opera Theater and the Wuhan Phil­har­monic Orches­tra, de­buted on May 23, 2017, dur­ing the 4th Chi­nese Beijing Opera Art Fes­ti­val in Nan­jing. The per­for­mance was widely praised for its suc­cess­ful com­bi­na­tion of tra­di­tion and in­no­va­tion, el­e­gant singings, and the in­cor­po­ra­tion of modern artis­tic el­e­ments like modern dance, puppetry, and masks.

Beau­ti­ful Life was an­other opera per­for­mance cre­ated by the Wuhan Beijing Opera Theater af­ter Life Show on Jiqing Street and Lan­ter­nonWater. All three op­eras dwell on modern and con­tem­po­rary themes, and have re­ceived pos­i­tive re­views in the­atri­cal cir­cles. Re­cent years have also wit­nessed Wuhan's newly-pro­duced Han op­eras, Wang Zhao­jun and The Uni­ver­sal Pagoda, and the Chu op­eras, Tea Fra­grance in March and Ten Thou­sand Li Tea Road, hav­ing been on na­tional tours. A num­ber of opera per­form­ers like Liu Zi­wei, Wang Li, and Xia Qin­gling have stood out on the the­atri­cal stage. They were granted the Plum Blos­som Award, the high­est the­atri­cal award in China.

To help the de­vel­op­ment of young opera per­form­ers, the city has spon­sored spe­cial per­for­mances for them. Young ac­tors and ac­tresses have been se­lected to learn from well-known opera masters. In Novem­ber 2017, a pro­gram was launched for gifted young per­form­ers want­ing to ex­per­i­ment with small-theater ( off-Broad­way-like) op­eras.

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