Peking Opera, China

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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