Category Archives: Chinese Opera 101

OUR TEAM

Hi there! We are a group of students from Singapore Management University (SMU). As part of our Leadership and Team Building (LTB) Module, we are required to plan and conduct a Community Service Project to serve a particular need of … Continue reading

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OUR OBJECTIVES

iOpera seeks to develop an interactive and engaging programme targeted at local youths through diverse forms of new media, coupled with the implementation of a workshop in partnership with Lakeside Family Centre so as to raise general awareness and appreciation … Continue reading

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HISTORY

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TYPES OF CHINESE OPERA

Due to Chinese Opera’s long and rich history, there are still approximately 368 different types of Chinese Opera today. Here is a brief descriptions of four types that are probably more well-known in our region. They are: Beijing Opera Shanghai … Continue reading

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CHARACTERS OF CHINESE OPERA

The characters of a Chinese Opera play can be divided into 4 broad types- Dan, Sheng, Jing and Chou. An actor is usually trained to take up roles of a single type, though some versatile performers are able to master … Continue reading

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FACE COLOURS AND THEIR MEANINGS

Chinese opera performances are renowned for heavy face makeup. There are two techniques that actors employ to put on such makeup. It is either directly painted on the face or worn as a decorated cloth. The main colour of the … Continue reading

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STAGE SETTINGS

In contrast with Western Opera, Chinese Operas have very simple props. Complicated backdrops are often not utilized. Instead, the setting of a performance is conveyed to the audience through the acting and usage of simple props.  The audience is thus … Continue reading

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