Beijing Opera

Beijing Opera

Formed in Beijing, Beijing Opera arose from “Huiju (Anhui Opera)” and “Hanxi (Han Opera),” absorbed the music of Kunqu and Qinqiang, and gradually became fully developed as a popular form of traditional opera. Since it was first brought to Taiwan at the end of the Qing occupation period, it has been popular as a highly artistic form of drama. Currently, many public and private Beijing Opera troupes, such as GuoGuang Opera Company and Taipei Li-yuan Chinese Opera Theatre, perform regularly in Taiwan.

Taipei Li-yuan Peking Opera Theatre

The Taipei Li-yuan Peking Opera Theatre, founded in 1997, was transformed from the Beijing Opera Group of the Dr. C. F. Koo Foundation. Setting the ob... (Read more)

Contemporary Legend Theatre

Established in 1986 by Wu Xing-guo, the current artistic director, the Contemporary Legend Theatre has focused on combining traditional and modern ele... (Read more)

Jing-Ju Opera Troupe of National Taiwan College of Performing Arts

The Jing-Ju Opera Troupe of National Taiwan College of Performing Arts was formerly known as the Fuxing National Opera Troupe, founded in 1963 by Wang... (Read more)

GuoGuang Opera Company

GuoGuang Opera Company,since its establishment in 1995, has been working on introducing contem porary ideologies into traditional Peking Opera. With t... (Read more)

The Jester

The opera, written and directed by Li Bao-chu, who also stars in it, is an adaptation of the famous opera of the same title by Verdi. This is the firs... (Read more)


In a dark bamboo forest where no one lives, a man is killed. How was he killed? Who is the killer? Who is the villain? Who is the victim? At the site ... (Read more)

The Scholar of Ba-Shan

The Scholar of Ba-Shan was adapted by Li Bao-chun from a Sichuan Opera of the same title, and was written by Wei Ming-lun, a renowned Chinese playwrig... (Read more)

The Wilderness

The Wilderness is a Beijing Opera adapted by Li Bao-chun from a famous play of the same name by Cao Yu. This is the first time that Cao Yu’s play has ... (Read more)

The Kingdom of Desire

An adaptation of Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s four great tragedies, the opera was first staged in 1987 to great acclaim. Lin Huai-min believes this o... (Read more)


This opera is an adaptation of Medea, a Greek tragedy by Euripides. Ye Jin-tian, who has won an Oscar Award for Best Artistic Director, designed the c... (Read more)

Waiting for Godot

This opera is an adaptation of the play by Samuel Beckett, an outstanding playwright of the theatre of the absurd and a Nobel laureate. The troupe cla... (Read more)

King Lear

This opera is an adaptation of King Lear, one of Shakespeare’s four great tragedies. Wu Xing-guo plays ten different roles in this one-man show. He de... (Read more)

Wang Kuei’s Betrayal of Guei-ying

This is a Taiwanese Opera classic preserved through the “Project of Recording and Preserving Taiwanese Opera by Liao Chiung-chih” (The opera was compo... (Read more)

The Battle of Wei-Nan

This opera was revised from an old opera The Battle of Wei-Nan some fifty years ago by Master Li Shao-chu of Beijing Opera. The scale and the difficul... (Read more)

Flowing Sleeves and Rouge

Unlike the previous productions, this play is not based on any work of literature, biography or historical event, but is a creation of pure imaginatio... (Read more)

One Hundred Years on Stage

This play premiered in 2011, as a celebration of the 100thanniversary of the Republic of China. The playwrights, Wang An-chi, Zhou Hui-ling, Zhao Xue-... (Read more)

Meng Xiaodong

The genre of this play is classified as a Beijing Opera musical. Its art form combines traditional Beijing Opera scenes, a newly composed musical and ... (Read more)

The Golden Cangue

The Golden Cangue was named as one of the Ten Best Performance Arts Programs at the Fifth Taishin Arts Awards. Critics also called it the ultimate div... (Read more)

Journey through Hell

This play was written by renowned Chinese playwright, Chen Ya-xian. The plot was inspired by the short story Sima Mao Held Court in the Netherworld an... (Read more)