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Shaoxing Opera

Shaoxing opera(越剧) is China's second largest drama and it is also China's five operas (followed by Beijing opera, Shaoxing opera, Huangmei Opera, Ping Opera, and Yu Opera). It is an important part of Shanghai culture. Originated in Shengzhou, Zhejiang, developed in Shanghai, and prospered in the country, spread all over the world.

During its development, Shaoxing Opera drew a culmination of Kunqu opera, drama and other characteristics of Shaoxing opera and experienced historical evolution from men Shaoxing opera to women Shaoxing opera. Shaoxing Opera was concluded in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage.

Shaoxing opera is good at expressing emotions and singing. The voice is exquisite and pleasant to listen to; the performance is real and moving, beautiful and elegant which is full of southern scenery. Its themes are more to "Romantic" theme-based drama and there are acknowledged thirteen art genres.

Shaoxing Opera is mainly popular in Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Fujian, Jiangxi, Anhui, the majority of the southern region, as well as most of the northern area of Beijing, Tianjin and other places. In its heyday, except Tibet, Guangdong, Guangxi and a few other provinces and autonomous regions, there are professional Shaoxing Opera troupes all over China.

Since 1906, Shaoxing Opera evolved from rap art into drama, the repertoire has three main sources: first, turn original music program form into a drama performances, such as "notes of denying marriage," "Pearl Tower", "double Golden Flower," "lazy Sister, "" cooper "and other plays; second, transplanted from brothers drama, such as" two lions picture, "" righteousness destiny, "" tambac fan "and other plays transplanted from Xinchang Gaoqiang(a kind of rhyme scheme of Chinese opera);" powder House "," plum ring "and other operas transplanted from Hui Combo; " second bloom plum "," Osmanthus Pavilion "and other operas transplanted from Dongyang Combo. Third, prepared in accordance with Xuanjuan, libretto, folklore stories. The main range of activities of Shaoxing Opera is Zhejiang urban and rural areas during its early time. Since 1917, Shaoxing Opera entered the Shanghai theaters, it still preforms drama of the above three categories.

After the liberation, under the influence of the party's “All flowers bloom together, get rid of the stale and bring forth the fresh “policy guidelines, Shaoxing opera has achieved fruitful results. Shanghai has a repertoire based on traditional finishing adaptation of "The Butterfly Lovers", "Jade Hairpin", "Li Cuiying", "blood fingerprint", "love test", "chasing fish", " My Wife is Princess "; based on literary classics adaptation of" Mistress Xiang Lin, "" the West Chamber "," Dream of Red Mansions "," Motherhood "; based on historical information or adaptation of New historical drama" Qu Yuan "," the Emperor Wu Zetian, "and according to foreign theater adaptation of " Legend of Chun Hyang" and so on. 

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