With a history of over 200 years, Dian Opera, a kind of opera which combines traditional Chinese opera and distinctive Yunnan characteristics, was listed as a national intangible cultural heritage in 2008. The 16-year-old Du Sulinna started learning Dian Opera since she was 9. "My grandpa is a super fan of Dian Opera and my father is a professional Dian Opera actor. I have developed a keen interest in Dian Opera since I was a kid. I hope to be a professional Dian Opera actress, " Du said. As one of the first batch of students attending a program that aims to train professional Dian Opera performers and pass on the Dian Opera, Du has completed the four and half years study at Yunnan Vocational College of Culture and Art and is now taking a further training at Yunnan Dian Opera Theatre. Du hopes to join hands with her classmates and teachers to make this traditional art known and liked by more people.
(Source: Xinhua)June 12, 2020