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Celebrating reading with opera and poetry

A live show combining traditional Chinese poems and opera was staged at Shanghai Library last night as part of the celebration of World Book Day.

Opera artists sang famous poems such as “Drinking Along with the Moon” and “Prelude to Water Melody” to Peking Opera and Kunqu Opera tunes.

A library official said they opened booking on its WeChat account last Friday.

“We offered 125 tickets, all free of charge,” the official said. “They were all booked out within six minutes.”

Chen Chao, curator of the library, said he hopes the audience can appreciate the beauty of Chinese poems and literature from another angle through performance.

Chen said he is optimistic about the future as a good number of television shows related to reading and literature are popular among young people, which is a sign of people’s enthusiasm about reading.


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