Great Spirit of a Master of Beijing Opera : In Commemoration of the 120th Anniversary of Ma Lianliang's Birth
December 22, 2020 - May 23, 2021 9:00 - 17:00 (closed on Mondays) Room M, B1
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Foreword


In the late 18th century, Hui opera came to Beijing via the "Four Great Anhui Troupes" and eventually became an integral part of the Peking opera known today. Over Peking opera's more than two hundred years of evolution, it has assimilated the art and essence of previous forms of Chinese opera to become a quintessential part of traditional Chinese culture. The art form's prosperity gave rise to a wave of nationally admired works and outstanding talent courtesy of the operas' actors and actresses. Within this realm, Ma Lianliang was an epoch-making master of "laosheng," or dignified older-male roles, the founder of the Ma School of Peking opera, and one of the key members of the "Four Great Beards." During his years, Ma produced endless memorable opera moments, now considered classics in the cannon.


There is an old saying that on a small stage, you can tell right from wrong and a play with its actors playing roles of the ancients can inspire generations and generations. 2021 will mark the 120th anniversary of Ma Lianliang's birth. To commemorate his work, let us look back at Ma's art career and appreciate the beauty of Peking opera.


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Ma Lianliang 10
Ma Lianliang 2
Ma Lianliang 8
Ma Lianliang 4
Ma Lianliang 6
Ma Lianliang 1
Ma Lianliang 8
Ma Lianliang 5
Ma Lianliang 3
Ma Lianliang 11
Ma Lianliang 7
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