Combining the traditional with the modern
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.