After reading some of the negative reviews on Trip Advisor, I was hesitant to attend any of the Beijing Operas. Luckily my wife and I did go to the Beijing Opera performance at the Liyuan Theater at the Qianmen Hotel and we were glad that we did! Yes this is a show designed for tourists, so if you are an…
Peking Opera is not everyone’s cup of tea and it is certainly different from any opera you may have experienced before. Liyuan theatre gives the foreigner a taste of it. The performers are as much actors as they are dancers and acrobats, making each move look very deliberate and effortless. The music is a integral part the performance with the actors hand & head gestures are synchronised with the music to add emphasis to the acton. Costumes range from simple to the elaborate and add to the character of the performance.