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U.S. teenage sensation in Chinese opera

08-06-2011 10:55 BJT

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The ancient art of Chinese Opera has a new star - a 15-year-old African-American boy. The California teenager has perfect pitch in Mandarin and has won a massive fan base after appearing on Chinese television.

15-year-old Tyler Thompson has captivated audiences with his ability to sing pitch-perfect Mandarin and perform the ancient Chinese art form.

The teenager who only speaks some basic Mandarin, has wowed teachers since he began studying music as a child.

Since his first solo at age 6, Tyler has performed at some of the most acclaimed theaters in the US. There have also been appearances on television shows such as "Good Morning America".

Tyler became a sensation in China several years ago after Chinese Central Television broadcast his performance at a Lunar New Year show in San Jose.

For Tyler, there's nothing too shocking in his love of Chinese opera - it's all there in the music.

Tyler Thompson, Singer, said, "I think it's the music itself rather than the lyrics because the music is very beautiful and very passionate, you can hear it when it's being played."

Tyler is a standout student in Sherlyn Chew's Purple Silk Music Education program based in Oakland, California.

Purple Silk teaches young children how to sing and play traditional Chinese music.

The program's Great Wall Youth Orchestra & Chorus has performed around the country.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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