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Our tour guide explained that the opera is a Chinese tradition with people going to the show as social event as food is served while one sits at tables and have conversations before the show and during the intermission. It was disappointing that there were...More
As others have stated here, the Peking Opera is not for everyone. First of all, it is not a traditional opera, with arias, dramatic sets and weight challenged singers. However, if one defines opera more as a superior form of theatre - it definitely meets...More
Before the show began a young man sits on the stage and puts on a demonstration of what all goes on before the show in applying makeup and costumes. It took about 30 minutes for him to put on makeup and he had an assistant...More
I have been to the Peking Opera twice and it gets no better - but that's its charm. It is traditional singing which plays badly to European/US ears. Put that aside and watch the performance for what it is and then you realise it ain't...More
I really feel bad giving this such a low score, however it is only the honest opinion of myself and the other 11 members of my tour group.
When we arrived in Beijing after a long day of travelling, the first place we were ushered...More
With absolutely no offense to cultural sensitivities, you need to go in for this prepared, particularly if you are not attuned to Chinese opera. While visually it is rich, the high squeaking, largely incomprehensible exchanges and the long drawn out 'drama' can get to you....More
While the Chinese put on a fabulous show with costume, make up and lighting, the opera in China is quite different than anywhere else. Unfortunately, the best word I have to describe it is "noise". High-pitched, "squeaky" singing, not the operatic voices most are accustomed...More