London Chinese Radio’s New Sounds of China music podcast has reached the end of its second season, hosted by music journalist and musicologist Paul Kendall and guitarist, vocalist and Beijing opera performer Hu Pan. Each...
by Sophie Beach | Sep 1, 2010
Like much of old Beijing, Peking Opera is now rapidly fading into history. The New York Times reports on the fight to keep it alive: This modest and slightly shabby theater is part of the Beijing Opera Academy, in a neighborhood...
by Julie Johnson | Feb 26, 2008
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...
by Sophia Cao | Jan 7, 2008
The writer of the article appeals for renaming Peking Opera its Chinese Pinyin form of “Jingju,” from People’s Daily: As China is quickening its tempo going global, cross-cultural communication has become more important than ever before. In some cases, however, it seems difficult to find an equivalent in any other culture to convey the true […]
by Sophia Cao | Jul 2, 2007
From China Economic Net: A selection of photos taken 10 years ago about Peking Opera is now stirring a debate on the Internet. In these six black and white pictures, the female characters are naked. Every photo’s theme is a well-known story of Peking Opera, but the pictures show the male characters in costume and […]
by Sophia Cao | May 4, 2006
From The Standard (link): Irish Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett’s play, Waiting for Godot, has been performed in China before, but never with elements taken from traditional Peking Opera – including dance, mime, music and song. Playing to a full house in Shanghai, one character wore a painted mask lifted straight from Peking Opera, a highly […]
by Sophie Beach | Jun 4, 2005
From the New York Times: Verdi’s “Macbeth” was never like this. Here, too, the story is Shakespeare’s, more or less, but the trappings are vintage Chinese. “The Kingdom of Desire,” which opened at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. on Thursday evening, is an adaptation of “Macbeth” in the style of Beijing opera by the Contemporary Legend […]
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