Traditional Opera Singer Wins Top China Drama Award

May 21, 2015
Editor: Kate Wu
Poster of the Huangmei Opera "Once Upon a Time in Huizhou", starring Han Zaifen [baike.baidu.com]

Traditional Huangmei Opera singer Han Zaifen received an award at the ceremony for the 27th Plum Blossom Prize, China's top theatrical honors, on May 20.

This is the second time that Han has been chosen following her previous selection in 2000, making her the first Huangmei Opera star to win a prize twice.

Across different categories, there were 37 recipients this year, of whom five picked up awards for the second time and 32 were new winners.

Han won for her performance in the opera "Once Upon a Time in Huizhou", which tells the life story of a girl from Huizhou, a historical region of southeastern China, in late Qing Dynasty (1636-1912). The drama, which has been staged over 100 times, has firmly secured the hearts of its audiences since its premier at the end of 2012.

The ceremony for the Plum Blossom Prize is held every two years. It aims to honor outstanding performers of different ages across different genres.

Huangmei Opera, which is listed in the "National Intangible Cultural Heritage", is a major Chinese local opera style, popular in east China's Anhui Province. It dates back some 200 years.

Originally known as 'Huangmei Melody' or 'Tea-Picking Opera', it evolved from local Huangmei tea-picking-based folk songs and dances.

(Source: Xinhua/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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