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The Night of the Opera 2019-01-02
As the summer days heat up and with a wealth of hot entertainment beaming out from Hangzhou’s cultural walls - one of the best ways to keep cool is to see any one of the city’s spectacular night shows.        

Aside from Impression West Lake and Night of the West Lake, two extremely cool performances with glowing reports, there is also Peony Pavilion. Since its premiere in Hangzhou on April 13, 2014 Peony Pavilion which, only available at weekends, has been staged 100 times in Yuele Hall (御乐堂). As a traditional opera such an achievement is rare which therefore clearly indicates its excellence and utmost popularity.

The Peony Pavilion, a popular play written by Tang Xianzu (汤显祖) in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) was, back then, the favourite of operas. Although traditionally performed as a Kunqu Opera, other versions like Chuan and Gan Opera also exist and contribute it to being listed as one of the ‘Four Classical Operas’. The Peony Pavilion mainly focuses on the love story between Du Liniang (杜丽娘) and Liu Mengmei (柳梦梅) and can be described as a Chinese operatic version of the American film ‘Ghost’.

The performing venue, Yuele Hall, has been renovated from the Wenglongsheng (翁隆盛茶号) Tea Shop, built in the 1800’s and can only accommodate 60 people at a time. With such an intimate setting musicians are able to perform live, instead of lip-synching and the audience is able to engage with the performers and truly understand the fine art of Kunqu opera.

With an exquisite feast of Hangzhounese and western delicacies served before the performance along with a musical performance using the Zheng, a 21-or 25-stringed plucked instrument - at the night of the opera - Peony Pavilion will surely suit any number of senses.

Venue: Yuele Hall (御乐堂)
Add: No.26 Middle Zhongshan Road (中山中路26号)
Time: about one hour and thirty minutes
Hours: every weekend from 18:30 to 19:30 for dinner and from 19:30 to 21:00 for the performance
Tickets: 1280 RMB, 1080 RMB, 880 RMB, 680 RMB and 580 RMB
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