Kunqu 101: A Guided Salon Concert of Chinese Opera
Why We Recommend it
Through performance and explanation, this intimate evening concert fosters a deeper understanding and appreciation of Kunqu (崑曲) opera, one of the oldest extant forms of Chinese opera.
The last of Wuji Ensemble’s Salon Concert Series celebrates Kunqu opera, which is renowned for its refined, elegant movement alongside a highly stylised, mesmerisingly sophisticated aesthetics. Its signature musical forms were adapted in the 16th century, drawn from a tapestry of 14th century music emanating from the Kunshan in Suzhou, in modern-day Jiangsu province. Kunqu was listed as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO in 2001.
In this interactive session curated by Asia Society Hong Kong, Kunqu artist Xing Jin Sha showcases some of the genre’s most representative excerpts while pipa (a four-stringed traditional Chinese musical instrument) master Wong Chi Ching guides the audience in the appreciation of this ancient art form.