As one of the essences of traditional Chinese culture, Beijing opera ranks at the top among the four main operas (Beijing Opera, Huangmei Opera of Anhui Province, Yue Opera of Zhejiang Province, and Henan) in China. The Experimental Theater of China National Beijing Opera Company offers one of the best places for your opera viewing experience in Beijing.
Beijing Opera was formed 200 years ago in Beijing. Its origin dates back to old local operas, especially Anhui Opera, which was very popular in northern China in the 18th century. Beijing Opera is a comprehensive storytelling that blends singing, narrating, acting, fighting, and dancing. A unique aspect of the Beijing Opera comes from the actors¡¯ facial make-up, especially their colors. The color schemes can symbolize the personalities, characteristics, and fates of the roles. The detailed costumes also reflect the type of characters on stage and their roles.
The performances at the Experimental Theater typically start at 7:00 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices start at RMB 20, while front seats cost upwards of RMB 120.
Unfortunately, the theater does not offer any help for those who cannot understand Chinese, so a Chinese friend who can interpret the plot to you helps a lot. If that isn¡¯t possible, get the name of the performance beforehand, so someone may be able to tell you the story involved. Even if you cannot understand the story, you may still enjoy the detailed costumes, elegant make-up, intricate footwork, and of course their unique style of singing.
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