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A Peking Opera actress's road toward success

2011-04-17 12:34:27 GMT2011-04-17 20:34:27(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Photo taken on April 9, 2011 shows Wang Yige (front) starts singing for a play in Mei Lanfang Theater in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/Liu Yu)

Photo taken on April 9, 2011 shows Wang Yige acts as a concubine for a Peking Opera play in Mei Lanfang Theater in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/Liu Yu)

Photo taken on April 9, 2011 shows Wang Yige (in costume) is congratulated by theatergoers after a performance in Mei Lanfang Theater in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/Liu Yu)

Photo taken on April 13, 2011 shows Wang Yige receiving message for her neck ache due to long-time performance in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/Liu Yu)

Photo taken on April 14, 2011 shows Wang Yige practising her skill in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/Liu Yu)

Photo taken on April 14, 2011 shows Wang Yige (front) rehearses in Mei Lanfang Theater in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/Liu Yu)

Wang Yige, a Peking Opera actress, specializes in acting Qingyi, a female role representing young or middle-aged woman with gentle and refined dispositions.

Wang inherits the arias developed by Zhang Junqiu (1920-1997), a top Peking Opera performer.

Born in east China's Shandong Province, Wang formerly studied in a nursing school. She came across an opportunity to be admitted to a Peking Opera department of a technical secondary school when she was already 18 years old.

The assiduous learning and training in the following five years made the former nurse into an outstanding Peking Opera performer. In 2002, she came out first in the exam to the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts, to further her opera studies.

In the Academy, Wang had many chances to perform on the stage and she made a name for herself. She then joined in the Mei Lanfang Opera Troupe of Beijing Peking Opera Theater after her graduation.

In April, two performances with Wang as leading role were staged in Mei Lanfang Theater in Beijing, a recognition for her efforts and achievements.

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