Kun Opera
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Kun Opera, also called Kunqiang, Kunshanqiang, or Kunju, originated from Kunshan, Jiangsu Province during the end of the Yuan Dynasty
and the early Ming Dynasty. It is one of China’s oldest traditional operas, characterized by the indigenous music, dance, and dialects of
Kunshan. Kun Opera is one of the three major ancient operas, along with the Sanskrit Opera of Ancient India and the Tragicomedy of Ancient Greece. It is a collection of essential ancient Chinese literature, music, stage performance and art. It is beautiful, stylish, graceful, and elegant. It has been dubbed as the “orchid” in the garden of Chinese operas. On May 18, 2001, Kun Opera was named as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage
of Humanity by UNESCO.


Yu Weimin is a professor at Nanjing University, a doctoral supervisor, and a standing Vice Chairman of the Society of Chinese Traditional Operas. He was in charge of 5 state-level research projects and 4 province or ministry-level research projects and has
published 16 monographs and around 130 articles on the subject. He is mainly devoted to the study of the operas that prevailed in southern China as well as the metrical verses used in operas.