Suzhou opera

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Suzhou opera
Traditional Chinese苏剧
Simplified Chinese蘇劇
Literal meaningSuzhou opera
Suzhou opera Scene

Suju (Chinese: 蘇劇), or Suzhou opera is a combination of various Chinese operas from Suzhou, including Tanhuang, Nanci and Kunqu. The opera is typically sung in Suzhou dialect of Wu Chinese. Suzhou opera originated in Suzhou city, the cultural center of China's Jiangnan area.

Suzhou opera is accompanied by traditional Chinese instruments, including dizi (transverse bamboo flute), erhu (two-stringed fiddle), pipa (pear-shaped lute), yangqin (hammered dulcimer), and percussion. The instrumentation and style are closely related to the instrumental genre of Jiangnan sizhu.

Suzhou opera was listed China's state-level Intangible Cultural Heritage.[1]


  1. ^ "国务院关于公布第一批国家级非物质文化遗产名录的通知". Retrieved 11 October 2018.