Opera, Beijing (Jīngjù 京剧)

Colin MACKERRAS

A man in a park sings in the style of a Beijing Opera performer. PHOTO BY TOM CHRISTENSEN.

Jingju (Beijing Opera) is characterized by simple and spare stage sets, highly stylized gestures and movement, and elaborate costumes and headgear replicating those worn in the Ming-dynasty; it is historically renowned for the skill with which women’s roles were once portrayed by female impersonators.

Jingju (Beijing Opera or Peking Opera) is the style….

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