Performers play Yuju Opera at the Fourth Yuju Opera Festival. (Photo/CGTN)
Since early August, the Fourth Yuju Opera Festival has staged more than 30 productions for opera buffs in Beijing. The centuries-old tradition which originated in central China's Henan Province, has spread far and wide. Performers from across the country have been showing why, as young talents were given the spotlight.
"One Happy Family" is a modern-day story following a contemporary theme. The opener for the Yuju Opera Festival features a star-studded cast, with some of the biggest names in the stage tradition. Most of these veterans have won national awards.
In what seems counter-intuitive, all of them are playing supporting roles. The lead is a performer in her mid-twenties. This is meant to ensure the continued success of Yuju Opera.
"For me, the biggest highlight of the festival is how the established veterans are helping their younger colleagues," said Wang Quanzhen, an award-winning opera performer. "The younger performers are very eager to learn and it gladdens veterans like me. That's how the opera tradition had been handed down to us. We've learned a lot from our masters and predecessors. It's a very satisfying experience to help the careers of the young ones."