Chang Xiangyu

  • June 21, 2011
  • Editor: Wu Linfei
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Chang Xiangyu was born in September 1923 to a poor farming family in Gongxian County, central China's Henan Province. She began learning Yuju Opera (also called Henan Bangzi, or Wooden Clapper, Opera) from her father Zhang Fuxian when she was nine years old, and made her first stage performance at the age of ten. She achieved fame after her outstanding performance in the Romance of the West Chamber (Xixiang Ji) at the age of 13. Chang's innovations and achievements in this performance genre brought her the honor of being named as Queen of Yuju Opera.

Chang is remembered and revered for her superb Yuju Opera performances, devotion to this distinct performance art and great contributions to new China. Chang received awards at the first national opera conference and made a performance tour of the nation in 1951, the proceeds of which she spent on an airplane to assist in the war to resist US aggression and aid Korea. Chang's artistic excellence won her the Best Asian Artist award in 1994, her patriotic fervor the National Advanced Worker award in 1995. She passed away in Hunan Province on June 1, 2004.

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    Chang Xiangyu was born in September 1923 to a poor farming family in Gongxian County, central China's Henan Province. She began learning Yuju Opera (also called Henan Bangzi, or Wooden Clapper, Opera) from her father Zhang Fuxian when she was nine years old, and made her first stage performance at the age of ten. She achieved fame after her outstanding performance in the Romance of the West Chamber (Xixiang Ji) at the age of 13. Chang's innovations and achievements in this performance genre brought her the honor of being named as Queen of Yuju Opera.

    Chang is remembered and revered for her superb Yuju Opera performances, devotion to this distinct performance art and great contributions to new China. Chang received awards at the first national opera conference and made a performance tour of the nation in 1951, the proceeds of which she spent on an airplane to assist in the war to resist US aggression and aid Korea. Chang's artistic excellence won her the Best Asian Artist award in 1994, her patriotic fervor the National Advanced Worker award in 1995. She passed away in Hunan Province on June 1, 2004.

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