Ping Opera is very popular in Beijing , Tianjin , North and Northeast China.
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It has a history of more than 70 years. Developing out of 'Lian Hua Luo' in the east of Hebei Province (a kind of story-singing), it borrowed the tunes and acting style of Beijing Opera, Hebei Clapper Opera, shadow show and drum melody, and developed its own style. Since moving from the rural areas into the cities, it has produced many new programmes under the influence of modern drama and Beijing Opera. It is especially good at reflecting urban people's life as it has accessible text, speech-like tunes, easily understandable articulation and the rich flavour of life, thus gaining great favour of the people in rural and urban areas. At first, female characters in Ping Opera were dominant and their tune was beautiful and touching whereas the male's tune was quite simple. After the founding of the People's Republic of China, the male's tune has been greatly developed and there are many new plays in which male characters play the leading roles.
Representative performers are Xiao Bai Yushuang , Xi Cailian, Xin Fengxia, Han Shaoyun, Wei Rongyuan and Ma Tai.
More about Chinese Music
- Beijing Opera
, once called 'Peking Opera', is the most influential and representative of all operas in China and has a history of about 200 years.
- Hebei Clapper Opera
is one of the major forms of local opera in Hebei Province.
- Huangmei Opera
, once called 'Huangmei Tune' or 'Caicha Opera', is a local opera genre in Anhui Province.
- Hunan Huagu Opera
is the general name for minor local opera genres in Hunan Province.
- Kun Opera
, also called 'Kunshan Qiang' (the style of Kunshan) or 'Kunqu', originated in the Kunshan region of Jiangsu Province.
- Ping Opera
is very popular in Beijing , Tianjin , North and Northeast China.
- Shaoxing Opera
is a local Chinese opera popular in the southern regions of the Changjiang (Yangtze) River.
- Yu Opera
, also called, 'Henan Clapper Opera' or 'Henan High Tune', is a major local opera in Henan Province and enjoys nationwide popularity.
- Yue Opera
is a major genre of opera in the south of China.