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Top Chinese opera singers in Auckland show

Time: 2016-11-04

Famous Peking Opera artists Kuizhi Yu (left) and Shengsu Li perform at Auckland's Aotea Centre next week.
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Famous Peking Opera artists Kuizhi Yu (left) and Shengsu Li perform at Auckland's Aotea Centre next week.

Renowned Peking Opera performers Kuizhi Yu and Shengsu Li are bringing their well-known repertoires to Auckland.

Joined by members of the China National Peking Opera Company, they will sing sections from classic arias including The Wild Boar Forest, Drunken Concubine, Yang Silang Visits His Mother and modern ones such as Shajiabang, Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy, and Red Lantern.

"It's the first time Auckland will see a specialised Peking Opera show delivered by the best team in China," says Hong Guo, chair of the China and New Zealand Cultural Arts Association, co-organising the event.

"The opportunity is rare in terms of inviting the whole team, even the accompanying musicians. They can make a huge difference to the sound."

English subtitles will be provided at the show next week.

"I hope New Zealanders can come and enjoy, and show support to China's traditional culture," Guo says.

"It would be great if Chinese Kiwis can bring their friends from other cultures to the performance."

With a history of 200 years, Peking Opera combines music, vocal performances, mime, dance and acrobatics, and is regarded as one of the cultural treasures of China.

Yu and Li are also leading actors in China and were well-received when performing in Cultures of China, Festival of Spring in Auckland in February.

The Peking Opera show is on Friday, November 4 at Aotea Centre. For more information, phone 09 309 2488