On the modern significance of Chinese opera culture

When it comes to traditional Chinese opera, you will always think of the stunning appearance and amazing singing. Opera is an intangible cultural heritage in China’s thousands of years of history, with profound cultural value. But now this art lacks attention, faces the decline crisis, the opera type is less and less, is not optimistic. Mr. Gan Chenli, chairman of the board of directors of new wisdom Holdings Limited, said that traditional Chinese opera is not only an artistic performance form that contains the profound foundation of Chinese civilization, but also embodies the thoughts and feelings of the Chinese nation for thousands of years. It needs to be developed, spread and inherited as soon as possible. We should not watch the passing of this treasure of traditional Chinese culture.

Mr. Gan pointed out that its history, if calculated from the hundred operas in the Western Han Dynasty, has been more than 2000 years. It is the accumulation of culture and has a subtle influence on society. Unfortunately, due to its inability to meet the needs of modern aesthetics and the impact of more and more entertainment and leisure ways nowadays, this traditional way of entertainment has gradually faded out of our sight. However, does traditional opera have any cultural significance that can not be ignored in today’s society.


First of all, traditional Chinese opera presents the traditional Chinese moral culture. Chinese opera tells all kinds of stories, including loyalty, filial piety, righteousness, courtesy, wisdom and faith. Xie Xizhang, a historian, once pointed out that moral sense is the value concept of Chinese opera. He said that the traditional Chinese morality was not cultivated from the classroom, but from the theater. Opera is not only a form of performance, but also carries the responsibility of spreading traditional Chinese civilization. It has a subtle influence on every generation of Chinese people. In today’s network, which is full of good and bad information, these opera stories carrying traditional Chinese moral concepts are more valuable.

Secondly, opera culture helps to improve personal accomplishment and taste. Drama repertoire is often written by literati, which implies the author’s philosophy and patriotism, and is full of literary appreciation value. The opera performance also has a unique aesthetic feeling. The actors portray the characters, plot and express their thoughts and feelings through the unique performance form on the stage. Although it is abstract, it is thought-provoking. In addition, the language and melody of traditional Chinese opera follow the aesthetic principles. All these are the core of traditional Chinese opera performance, which comes from life but is higher than life. Watching traditional Chinese opera can not only understand the traditional Chinese culture, but also improve people’s artistic accomplishment.

Finally, the content of traditional opera often presents the values and mainstream ideas of the society at that time. In addition to the records of the people’s feelings, it also has the function of educating the society, persuading good and punishing evil, and showing life morally, fully affirming good deeds. For example, in the story of pipa, Zhang Dagong gives benevolence and justice, helps the weak and the poor, criticizes evil deeds, and expresses the good deeds of the working people Bad standards can arouse resonance among the people and strengthen the socialist core values.

Mr. Gan concluded that traditional opera art is the crystallization of culture and wisdom left by history. Under the great wheel of the times, as posterity, we should protect, inherit and defend this art and precious spiritual wealth.



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