Wuju Opera

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Wuju Opera

Wu Opera, commonly known as Jinhua Opera, is one of the local operas in Zhejiang Province. It centers on Jinhua area and is popular in Jinhua, Lishui, Linhai, Jiande, Chun'an, Yushan, Shangrao, Guixi, Poyang and Jingdezhen in northeastern Jiangxi. It is a joint class of high-pitched, Kun-pitched, random-play, Hui Opera, Tan-huang, and hourly tunes. Because Jinhua was called Wuzhou in ancient times, it was named Wu Opera in 1950.

On June 7, 2008, Wu Opera was listed in the second batch of national intangible cultural heritage list with the approval of the State Council.

Orion of the Name

Wu Opera is a joint class of six tunes: Gaoqiang, Kun Opera, Ran Tan Opera, Hui Opera, Tanhuang Opera and Shitong Opera, commonly known as Jinhua Opera. After the founding of the People's Republic of China, Jinhua was called Wuzhou in ancient times and Wuju opera was renamed.

Historical Development

Since the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Jinhua has been a commercial and trade area where salt, silk, Jiangxi, lacquer and porcelain have entered Zhejiang Province, together with abundant products, so it has always been a place where all kinds of operas compete for victory. The Yiwu Opera, which was popular in the middle of Ming Dynasty, was formed in Jinhua, Zhejiang Province, which belongs to Yiwu County. The Gaoqiang and Kunqiang Opera in the late Ming Dynasty, the disorderly ballistic chambers in the early Qing Dynasty and the Hui Opera in the middle Qing Dynasty were all popular in Jinhua.

High cavity

Gaoqiang can be divided into Houyang, Xiwu, Xi'an and Songyang. Houyang Gaoqiang is popular in Dongyang and Yiwu. Some people think that it may be the derivation of Yiwu Qiang and is good at performing martial arts. Xiwu Gaoqiang is named for its branch classes in Xiwu Village of Jinhuabei Township. It is more euphemistic and plain than Xi'an Gaoqiang, and more rolling, which has a relationship with Huichi elegant tune. Xi'an Gaoqiang is popular in Quzhou area. Quzhou was called "Xi'an" in ancient times, hence its name. Legend has it that Yiyang tune is closely related to Yiyang tune, and some people think it may be the legacy of Xiping tune. Its tunes and characters are many and few, with the characteristics of exhaustion. The above three kinds, all one singer, all people help tune, gongs and drums help syllables, tune into the tune as you like.

Most of the high-pitched voices are characterized by gongs and drums, no matter the chord, one person opens his mouth, the people are in harmony, and the tone is high and exciting. However, there are band accompaniments in Xiwu Gaoqiang and Songyang Gaoqiang, which are the unique forms of all kinds of Gaoqiang in China. There are many high-tune tunes, and there are prescribed "sets" in different plays. First use long and short sentences. The repertoire is rich, such as Huaiyin Ji, Hezhu Ji and White Rabbit Ji.

Kunqu Opera

Kunqu Opera, commonly known as "Cao Kun" and "Jin Kun", is a tribe of Kunqu Opera spread around Jinhua. Because long-term mobile performances in rural grass terraces and temple fairs, with farmers as the main audience, the language is more popular, the pursuit of plot twists and turns, singing is not rigid in the four-tone pattern, mainly to perform martial arts, workmanship and grand drama. After the Ming Dynasty, it has been regarded as the authentic voice of Wu Opera. In fact, Kunqu Opera is a tributary of Quzhou (today's Quxian area) and Jinhua. In terms of language and tune, it is simplified or changed in combination with local customs, so it is called "CaoKun". Now its repertoire has been less performed, and some tunes are absorbed by the tune of random play, such as the tune of random play contains [Xiashan Tiger].


Random bomb, because the "Random Bomb Class" specializing in Random Bomb is mostly from Pujiang County, so it is also known as "Random Bomb in Pujiang River". The main tunes are Erfan, 357 and Luhua. In addition to Jinhua, Quzhou and Yanzhou (Jiande, Zhejiang Province for today), their popular areas are often performed in Changhua and Tonglu. Er Fan has the characteristics of northern opera singing, some people think that it originated from Western Qin Opera, others think that it originated from blowing tune and Siping tune in Anhui Province. Sanwuqi has the characteristics of southern opera singing, which belongs to early blowing tune. Some people believe that its formation is related to Huizhou, Siping and Taiping tunes in southern Anhui. Luhua originated from the type of blowing tune, which is the legacy of Hui opera.

According to the Dictionary of Chinese Traditional Opera and Opera Art, in Wu Opera, the four tunes of "357", "Luhua Diao", "Erfan" and "Puzi" are indiscriminately played. "357" and "Luhua Tune" evolved from "Stone Stele Tune" in Anhui Province. With flute as the main melody, the tune is gorgeous, fluent and stretching, with less tune and more tune, and later developed into "overlapping board" with more words and less tune. "Er Fan" is a tone evolved from Qin Opera when it spread to the south. In Wu Opera, it develops into four different attributes: Chi Zi, Xiao Gong, Zhenggong and Fan Zi. They also have different types of "inverted board", "original board", "running water", "tight skin" and "stacking board". They have the emotional characteristics of excitement, elevation, solemnity and depression. "Pu Zi" also has "inverted board", "Huilong" and "original board". According to the nature of the tone, generally "Erfan" and "357" are linked, and "Luhua" and "Puzi" are linked. There are many plays, such as "Luhua Xuan", "Guizhi Description", "Xuelimei", "Pearl Shirt" and so on.

Hui Opera

Hui Opera was introduced from Southern Anhui. Since the end of the Qing Dynasty, a large number of Anhui people moved to Jinhua, most of them engaged in business. With the influx of Hui Opera, there were more than 30 local Hui Banks in Jinhua and Quzhou prefectures. Only around 1918, there were more than 10 local classes. Wu Opera Hui Ban has its own style, mainly with the old Hui tunes such as Puzi, Luhua and Blowing Tune. Singing Xipi and Erhuang, performing rough, unrestrained, simple and healthy. The repertoire includes Erjin Palace, Famen Temple and Qinglong Club. Among them, the performing styles of "Burning Zidu" and "Capturing Pound" are seldom seen in today's Pei Huangju.


Beach spring, according to legend, originated from Suzhou Beach spring. During the reign of Qianlong and Jiaqing (1936-1820), Jinhua had a Quyitan spring sitting choir. Some people believe that the Tan Spring System was brought in by the flower boat ladies from Quzhou and Lanjiang. First, there were amateur singing classes, then Wu opera artists evolved into operas and became one of Wu opera tunes. There are "Pujiang Beach Spring", "Lanxi Beach Spring" and "Dongyang Beach Spring". The repertoire includes Monk and Monk Club, Broken Bridge, Peony to Class and so on. After liberation, the traditional operas Monks and Monks Club and Broken Bridge have new creations in both scripts and performances.

Tone of time

Times is the general name of fashionable folk operas since Ming and Qing Dynasties. There are folk songs from Ming and Qing Dynasties, some belong to Nanluo, some are oil beaches, and some originate from local minors. It is evolved from local folk songs and songs and dances. It is a kind of vocal tune for singing rural life operas. Its repertoires include "Going to Guangdong", "Selling Cotton Yarn", "Wang Po Cursing Chicken" and so on.

The above six tunes are not mixed in Wu Opera, but each tune has a number of special repertoires. Initially, Gaoqiang, Kunqiang, random bullets and other independent classes, and later developed into joint classes, and there are different combinations. The opera troupes of Gao, Kun and Chaos are commonly called "three-in-one". Later, Hui Opera was introduced into Jinhua area. Some triads abandoned their high-pitched voices and sang Hui Opera concurrently, while some Hui Opera troupes sang random balls concurrently. Afterwards, it absorbed the beach spring and the time tone.

Current status of protection

On New Year's Day, 1956, after the establishment of Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe, it began to rescue and excavate the traditional heritage of Wu Opera. It has collected and recorded more than 800 operas and 3000 singing tunes and music cards, sorted out the unique traditional facial makeup and costume patterns of Wu Opera, and conserved a large number of precious traditional art materials. At the same time, he created, adapted and arranged many excellent plays such as Golden Seal, Record of Sending Rice, Three Invitations for Pear Flowers, Xuelimei, Broken Bridge and Monk and Monk Club. When invited to perform in Jinjing in 1962, leaders of the Party and the state, such as Zhou Enlai, Zhu De and Chen Yi, attended the theatre and cordially received all the acting staff. Later, Mao Zedong, Liu Shaoqi, Ye Jianying, Li Xiannian, Dong Biwu, He Long and other party and state leaders watched the troupe's performance successively.

In 1982, the adaptation of Xishi Tears by Zhejiang Wu Opera Troupe was made into a film by Changchun Film Studio, and was selected as the best opera film award by the Fifth "Little Hundred Flowers" Award of the factory. In 1985, the adaptation and performance of the "White Snake Preface" is new and fresh, praised by experts at home and abroad. In recent years, the troupe has participated in the first Chinese Art Festival, commemorating the 200th anniversary of Huiban Jinjing, 93 national local opera exchange performances and 95 national modern opera exchange performances. The newly-compiled large-scale Wu opera Kunlun Festival has won the award for excellent opera repertoire, and the newly-compiled large-scale Wu opera "Mengduan Wujiang" has won the award for excellent Opera repertoire at the 9th Chinese Drama Festival.

He has been to Japan, Singapore, Romania, the United States, France, Austria, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong for performances in more than 20 provinces and cities throughout the country, and has been warmly welcomed by audiences from all over the country. Party and state leaders Jiang Zemin, Li Peng, Zhu Rongji, Li Ruihuan and Wei Jianxing have also watched Wu Opera performances in different periods and given high praise. Many excellent Wu operas are made into tapes, records and VCD, which are sold all over the country and are treasured by many audiences.