Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ma Lan Goes Nanyin

Contrary to my other posts with similar-wording titles, this time round, I'm really going to blog about famous Huangmei opera actress Ma Lan singing Hokkien Nanyin! Well it was all part of a gala performance whereby famous Chinese opera (and may some folk music singers) get out of their usual opera and musical genre to sing in another totally different genre which they might not have touched before. I personally like Ma Lan singing Huangmei opera, and I think I should credit her for trying to sing in a dialect which was claimed to be one of the top 10 hardest Chinese dialects to master. However, to be real honest, I'm simply not used to her way of rendition.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Orchestral Liyuan Opera

Liyuan opera has its own set of musical instruments which is not shared by many other opera genres. Therefore, it is very rare to have Liyuan opera collaborating with other musical genres, not even Chinese orchestra. However, lately, Fujian Province Liyuan Experimental Opera Troupe has been invited to perform in Beijing with the accompaniment of western orchestra. Take a look at it here: