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WHAT IS BEIJING OPERA
Beijing opera - is a form of Chinese opera
Occurrence: the late eighteenth century
Major performance troupes are based in Beijing and Tianjin in the north, and Shanghai in the south
Beijing Opera is a synthesis of stylized action, singing, dialogue, mime, acrobatic fighting and dancing to represent a story or depict different characters and their feelings of gladness, anger, sorrow, happiness, surprise, fear and sadness.
The Repertoire of Beijing Opera
The traditional operas consist of mainly tales
of preceding dynasties, important historical events, emperors and empresses,
ministers and generals, geniuses and great beauties.
Some of the newer operas were adopted from literature and classical novels
The melodies have harmonious rhythms and are described
as graceful and pleasing to the ears. The melody may be classified into two
groups: "Xipi" and "erhong."
The performance is accompanied by a tune played on wind instruments, percussion
instruments, and stringed instruments.
Often the most recognizable feature of Beijing Opera are the costumes, graceful,
elegant, and brilliant in color and design. They are mostly made using hand sewing and embroidery.