This opera is popular in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, and has a history of over 500 years. It has a large repertoire, pure and sweet melodies and attractive actions. The bamboo flute is the main instrument in the orchestra, together with the xiao (vertical bamboo flute), sheng (a reed instrument), pipa and other instruments. Its tunes and dances have influenced other types of opera.
Kunqu Opera is divided into South Kunqu and North Kunqu. The form popular in northern area is called North Kunqu and that popular in Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces is called South Kunqu. Famous actors and actresses include Yu Zhengfei, Han Shichang, Li Shujin, Hong Xuefei and Wang Fusong.
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