Sichuan Opera (Chinese: 川剧) is one of traditional Chinese operas originating in China's Sichuan province around 1700 years ago. As a renowned local opera mainly prevailing in Southwestern China's Sichuan, Yunnan, and Guizhou provinces, Sichuan Opera features unique solos, refined acting, rich percussion, and talented comedians. As a state-level intangible cultural heritage, the opera is likely to become a world intangible cultural heritage in the future.
Sichuan Opera features vivid, humorous narration, singing, and acrobatics. It also boasts a system of stylized movements and its acting is both exquisite and lively. Sichuan Opera performances are always full of wit, humor, lively dialogues, and distinct local flavors. To portray special characters, the opera incorporates a series of stunts like changing face, spitting fire and rolling lamp with starting and ending points and different characters. In Chinese opera, facial makeup is usually painted, but in Sichuan Opera, a performer can change his or her facial masks just in a snap of a finger on stage.
The Sichuan Opera Theater of Sichuan Province will launch the “Sichuan Opera Performances on Sunday” to let Sichuan Opera lovers enjoy traditional and classic repertoires.