Shanxi offers public shows of rare traditional operas
The first exhibition of rare traditional operas and dramas in Shanxi province kicks off on Aug 26 in the provincial capital, Taiyuan. [Photo/Taiyuan Daily]
The first exhibition of rare traditional operas and dramas in Shanxi province kicked off on Aug 26 in the provincial capital, Taiyuan.
Hosted by the Shanxi Department of Culture and Tourism, the event marks the first time all 31 rare traditional operas and dramas in Shanxi have been showcased together.
Sixty-six drama troupes from all over the province are participating, and rare drama troupes from neighboring provinces and regions, such as Shaanxi, Hebei, and Inner Mongolia, have been invited to contribute to the performances.
With an unprecedented scale, the event involves over 300 performers, presenting diverse performances. There are over 80 opera and drama segments, ranging from well-known classic pieces beloved by the masses to outstanding selections from recent creations.
The exhibition not only comprehensively showcases the achievements in protecting and inheriting Shanxi's rare traditional operas but also enhances these operas' influence. The exhibition will run until Aug 31, with ticket price being only 30 yuan ($4.12) per person.
Shanxi, the cradle of Chinese opera, has 38 out of China's 348 operas, including 31 rare ones which reflect local folk customs, dialects, and artistic aesthetics.
In recent years, the province has taken various measures to promote the prosperity and development of local opera art, including promoting high-quality productions, organizing cultural festivals, offering accessible performances, strengthening the protection of intangible cultural heritage, as well as enhancing talent cultivation.
Particular emphasis has been placed on protecting and inheriting the rare and endangered operas. In collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, a public free program for endangered opera shows is held annually across the province, with a total budget of 22 million yuan.