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Ouju Opera, a distinctive local genre of opera in Wenzhou

ALMS|Updated: November 17, 2023


Ouju Opera, a distinctive local genre of opera in Wenzhou, originally known as Wenzhou Luantan, was renamed Ouju Opera in 1959. In June 2008, Ouju Opera was added into the list of the second batch of national intangible cultural heritages. In this video, let's follow foreign anchor Anna for an up-close look at Ouju Opera.

Ouju Opera not only mixes intense and exciting martial arts scenes, but also has delicate and implicit singing plays. With the unique regional features, it presents an unprecedented dynamic.

During this visit, Anna communicates with three inheritors of the opera. They are Zhang Shijie, Cai Xiaoqiu, and Fang Rujiang. From theory to practice, from learning history to inheritance, Anna conducts an in-depth study, learning all aspects of this unique and charming genre of opera in Wenzhou.

The young generation has grown up to be the foundation of Ouju Opera. They give daily performances in Wenzhou Ouju Opera Troupe. 

Meanwhile, children of the next generation are already learning Ouju Opera's basic skills and theoretical knowledge assiduously. With future generations injecting new vitality into traditional Ouju Opera, Ouju Opera is ensured to be passed on.

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