Hui opera

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An old opera stage in Wuyuan County, Jiangxi, where Hui opera is popular.

Hui opera, or Huiju (Chinese: 徽剧), is a regional genre of Chinese opera originally from southern Anhui. It is popular in the area around Huangshan City and Chizhou, as well as Wuyuan County, Jiangxi, and was formerly also popular in neighboring Zhejiang. It has existed for over 300 years.

It is named for the historical region of Huizhou (now the city of Huangshan, Anhui), where it originated.

Huiju was introduced to Beijing during the Qianlong Emperor's eightieth birthday celebrations, and was influential in being a precursor of Beijing opera.[1]

The most prominent Huiju troupe is the Huiju Opera Troupe of Anhui Province, which was established in 1956 and is based in the city of Hefei.[2]

References[edit]

  • "Hui Opera's Future in Mist". China Daily. 2009-08-12.