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KUN OPERA (also called Kunju Opera) is one of the oldest surviving types of opera in China. It originated and became popular in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, at the end of the Yuan Dynasty and the beginning of the Ming Dynasty. It now has a history of over 600 years. 

Kun Opera is very lyrical, the singing is melodious and moving; the movements are exquisite, soft and graceful; and the singing and dancing are combined ingeniously and harmoniously.

Many other types of traditional Chinese opera have developed from Kun Opera, which is therefore referred to as “the mother of traditional Chinese operas”.

The band uses bamboo flute, sheng pipe, quxian and pipa as the main accompanying musical instruments.

In May 2001, Kun Opera was listed among the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.


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