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Chinese Opera, Abridged, at Metropolitan Museum

Last Friday, audiences at the Metropolitan Museum enjoyed an abridged version of a well-known piece of Kunqu, the oldest form of Chinese opera: ‘The Peony Pavilion’. From James R. Oestreich’s review at the New...

China to Show Propaganda Opera at Olympics

Jane Macartney reports in the Times: “This is a wedding. It’s a festive occasion. Look happy, much happier. Do that scene again and this time let’s really feel your joy. Move the audience …” The famed Peking...

China Defuses Song and Dance Over Peking Opera

After sharp criticism of the Education Ministry’s plan to introduce traditional Peking Opera curriculum in schools, the government reassured the public that the program wouldn’t be mandatory. Critics of the government’s plan say...

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