Peking Opera actress to perform at Meet in Beijing Arts Festival

By Chen Nan ( China Daily ) Updated: 2015-05-11 07:33:46

Peking Opera actress to perform at Meet in Beijing Arts Festival

Zhang Huoding enjoys great popularity among Chinese Peking Opera fans. Her upcoming performances include shows later this month in Beijing and in New York in September. [Photo provided to China Daily]

While traditionalists often complain that ancient Chinese art forms are facing extinction, Zhang Huoding, a Peking Opera actress, is reviving the old practice.

Despite keeping a low profile in the media, the performer has become one of the country's most-loved opera artists, thanks to her melodious singing voice and outstanding performances. Not only have the elderly followed her career with keen interest, youngsters have also given her pop star-like status.

On May 28, at the closing ceremony of the ongoing 15th Meet in Beijing Arts Festival, one of the largest art festivals in China, Zhang will present classic works created by Peking Opera master Cheng Yanqiu (1904-58), including Reunion in the Dream and The Jewelry Pouch.

Zhang will make her debut at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City in September by performing two shows, The Jewelry Pouch and The Legend of White Snake.

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