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Opera "Mulan Psalm" stage in Beijing

08-03-2010 08:56 BJT

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The story of Mulan is no stranger to folks in China. For years, it has inspired several television shows, movies, and even cartoons.

Recently at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the original Chinese opera "Mulan Psalm" was staged as a tribute to the 83rd anniversary of the PLA.

The opera follows the legendary story of Hua Mulan, the folktale heroine who disguises herself as a man to replace her ailing father in the army and save her country from intruders.

Actors and actresses wearing ancient costumes share the stage with the philharmonic orchestra members wearing tuxedos. The audience witnesses the subtle combination of elements drawn from musicals, dramas, and traditional Chinese operas.

The original Chinese opera "Mulan Psalm" was staged as a tribute to the 83rd anniversary of the PLA. 
The original Chinese opera "Mulan Psalm" was staged as a tribute to the 83rd
anniversary of the PLA. 

Lei Jia, portrays Mulan, said, "Hua Mulan is believed to be born in central Henan province. So if you listen carefully, you will catch certain elements that we draw from Henan operas."

The opera was first staged in Beijing in 2004. It has toured across China ever since. And Mulan, the leading role, is always played by the most celebrated Chinese sopranos. In 2005, "Mulan Psalm" was also staged at New York's Lincoln Center and in 2008, at Vienna's State Opera House.

The story represents the aspirations and hopes that the Chinese people have long cherished for peace and a tranquil life.

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