An iconic Chinese art form, Peking Opera first emerged in the late eighteenth century, blossoming fifty years later. While audiences around the world have long been entertained, domestic popularity has witnessed a steady decline in the second half of the twentieth century, mainly due to a drop in performance quality, and a disconnect between modern life and the conventions of the performance. However, in the last few years there has been a resurgence of interest in Chinese opera thanks to a growing level of audience sophistication and the development of contemporary opera. Around China, traditional operas in local dialects have also enjoyed a revival, fueled in part by a greater level of cultural soul-searching, and also by increased domestic and international tourism.
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