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Pear Orchard Opera


Sort£ºTraditional Opera


Serial No.£º¢ô-2

Declarer£ºQuanzhou City, Fujian Province

Much older than Peking Opera, the Liyuan Opera, literally known as Pear Orchard Opera, is popular in Quanzhou, Zhangzhou and Xiamen in coastal Fujian, and has spread to Chaozhou and Swatow in Guangdong Province, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, as well as the Southeast Asian countries where the overseas Chinese who speak Minnanhua (the South Fujian dialect) live.

The Pear Orchard Opera originated in the 11th century in Quanzhou. In terms of its language, music, history, tone, and aesthetic presentation, the Pear Orchard Opera with a history of more than 800 years is considered a living fossil of the ancient Southern Opera for its preservation of many time-honored dramas, music and stage idioms of Southern Local Operas from the Song, Yuan and Ming dynasties (960-1644).
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