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Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe opens training school

SHANGHAI Kunqu Opera Troupe has opened its new training school for young Kunqu Opera performers.

The school has gathered the troupe's top artists, who will give small classes to performers in their early 20s. Peking Opera performers who show an interest in Kunqu Opera can also participate.

Kunqu Opera, with a history of 600 years, is considered the progenitor of all Chinese opera forms. UNESCO recognized the art form as a masterpiece of humanity's intangible heritage.

The training school is a new effort to keep classic Kunqu Opera plays and vocals alive.

Gu Haohao, director of the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe, said around 60 students at the school can take a three-year curriculum to learn a variety of styles.



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