Kunqu Opera

Kunqu Opera,Suzhou

Photo 1: Kunqu Opera, a Drama with Amazing Jiangnan Culture Charm, Presents an Opportunity to Experience the Characteristic Culture of the Ancient City Suzhou

        Suzhou Kunqu has a long-standing reputation and is a wonderful flower in the Chinese Quyi Flower Garden.

Kunqu Opera

Photo 2: Kunqu Opera is Known as the Gem of Opera Art

        Kunqu Opera is a treasure in Chinese traditional culture and art. It is a kind of performing art that integrates singing, speaking and acting, dancing and martial arts. Kunqu is famous for its elegant lyrics, melodious tunes, and exquisite performances. In 2001, Kunqu Opera was included in the list of “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO.

Kunqu Opera "Peony Pavilion"

Photo 3: Kunqu Opera “Peony Pavilion”,Which Bring the Delicacy and Romance of Kunqu Opera into Full Play, is the Peak Work in Chinese Dramatic History

        Kunqu Opera is one of the most ancient drama form in China and is known as “one of the three major sources of world dramas” and “mother of China’s hundred operas.” Suzhou Kunqu originated from Kunshan, Suzhou in the 14th-15th century. It has a great influence on the art of Chinese opera. Many operas have been developed on the basis of Kunqu Opera, which has the most complete performing system in the history of Chinese opera.

Kunqu Opera Museum

Photo 4:  Kunqu Opera Museum

        In today’s Suzhou, Kunqu opera culture has been well inherited and developed. Kunqu has penetrated into daily Suzhou underneath. You can enjoy authentic Kunqu performances in many scenic spots and tea houses. The unique Kunqu teahouse is full of Suzhou flavor. Even in Lingering Garden or the Night Garden of Master-of-Nets Garden, you can hear the voice of Kunqu Opera. Each scene of Kunqu Opera’s live performances is different from each other. Even for the same act, every time you listen to it, you will have different feelings. When you come to Suzhou, you must listen to a Kunqu opera, which is also a good experience of Suzhou opera culture and  Chinese opera culture.


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