Essay Chinese Opera

1651 Words Jan 5th, 2013 7 Pages
Chinese Opera Company

Classical Chinese opera has existed for over 250 years, starting about the same time, more or less, as the beginnings of Italian opera. Unlike Italian opera, which is really a sung drama, Chinese opera is a mixture of high-pitched singing, acting, clowning, acrobatics and kung fu, with many unique conventions such as masks, face-painting, minimalist stage setting, and elaborate costumes giving no regard to different dynasties in China’s history. It relies upon the audience’s own imagination and understanding to fill the gaps. Because of the sheer number of Chinese worldwide, naturally commands a much larger audience overseas than at home.

Frequently, an evening’s programme would consist of
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Population figures in 2007 show the Urban population as 42.3% (2007) — 562,000,000 and the rural as 57.7% (2007) — 767,000,000. Urban households spend 12.1% of their income on education and recreation, the average income being U.S.$1,095. At the end of 2008, the average income figure tripled yet again and China’s average per capita national income reached another high of $3,000. If China’s average national income continues to rise at an annual rate of 8%, the country’s per capita income will reach $8,500 by 2020 and will touch the $20,000 mark by 2030. The cheapest ticket to TCOC is $1. This compares favourably with England’s Covent Garden Royal Opera House, where tickets are frequently over £150 on an average salary of £23,000, which has remained static for 10 years and is now dropping. This is expected to get worse as the Government reduces its funding for the Arts, and the elitism of opera continues to be seen. In cooperation with the Chinese Government’s call to promote general arts education, TCOC throws itself into all areas of generating enthusiasm among the country’s young to appreciate every kind of fine and performing arts. In the UK, the Government too is concerned with the low level of enthusiasm in the
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