Peking Opera performer's bumpy road toward success

16:07, April 17, 2011      

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Photo taken on April 9, 2011 shows Wang Yige (front) starts singing for a play in Mei Lanfang Theater in Beijing, capital of China. Wang Yige is a Peking Opera performer who specializes in acting Qingyi, a female role representing young or middle-aged woman with gentle and refined dispositions in the Peking Opera. Wang inherits the arias developed by Zhang Junqiu (1920-1997), a top Peking Opera performer. Wang was born in east China's Shandong Province and studied in a nursing school. She came across an opportunity to be admitted to a Peking Opera department of a technical secondary school when she was already 18 years old. The assiduous learning and training in the following five years made the former nurse into an outstanding Peking Opera performer. In 2002, she came out first in the exam to the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts, to further her opera studies. In the Academy, Wang had many chances to perform on the stage and she made a name for herself. She then joined in the Mei Lanfang Opera Troupe of Beijing Peking Opera Theater after her graduation. In April, two performances with Wang as leading role were staged in Mei Lanfang Theater in Beijing, a recognition for her efforts and achievements. (Xinhua/Liu Yu)

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