Titel: Mei Lanfang and Beijing Opera - 梅兰芳和京剧艺术（英）
Autor /Herausgeber: 杨富森 Richard Fusen Yang
ISBN: 978-7-119-06047-7, 9787119060477
Verlag: Foreign Languages Press-外文出版社
Format: 23 x 15 cm
Peking Opera, known as “Jing Ju” (Capital Opera), has a history of more than 200 years. Because of its patronage by the ruling Qing, or Manchu, dynasty, Peking Opera grew from a local folk art .to the standard bearer of theatrical art. It attained the prominent status of “Guo Ju” or National Opera of China.
After the Qing Dynasty was overthrown in 1911, Peking Opera continued to gain popularity not only with the upper classes but also with students and intellectuals. By the 1920s, it had developed into a splendid art form and a popular means-of entertainment as well. In the capital alone, numerous theaters were established solely for opera performances, and there were at least, three academies for training young performers and several professional opera troupes that performed every week.
Many leading opera singers not only matured but also became grand masters of the art. In the modern era, Mei Lanfang was considered the “King of Peking Opera”. An outstanding female impersonator, Mei was also an innovator and reformer of the art. Mei Lanfang introduced Peking Opera to other countries, including the United States, the Soviet Union and Japan. Mei was lauded as an Ambassador of Chinese Culture in the American press.