Posted: October 5, 2009
In her first U.S. appearance, Shanghai Yue Opera star Hui Huang will perform leading male roles from five Yue operas. Her solo recital will take place Monday, October 19, from 7:30 to 9 pm in Chapin Auditorium.
Huang graduated from the famous Opera School of Shanghai in 1987. Even as a student, she was noticed by the top Shanghai Yue artists of the day. She joined the Shanghai Opera Youth Group after graduation and soon became a member of the Shanghai Yue Opera.
Huang has won major municipal and national awards in China. She has performed Yue Opera in France, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, and Taiwan. As a specialist in Yue Opera, she has been trained to perform both young and old male roles.
Yue Opera, which is popular in South China today, has been performed since 1900. Traditionally, men played all the roles: however in the 1920s, this art form became exclusively female due to powerful forces of modernization at work in China.
Yue Opera is known for its lyricism and emphasis on singing. Huang provides us with an opportunity to hear both in her extraordinary solo performance.
Besides great entertainment, this cultural event gives the MHC community an opportunity to learn more about Chinese popular culture and contemporary women’s theatre.
This event, which is free and open to the public, has been made possible by support from the Depoartment of Theatre Arts and the Asian Studies Program, the Five College East Asian Language Program, the Purington Fund at Mount Holyoke College, and the Freeman Foundation.
Asian Studies Program