TSMC Education and Culture Foundation Cultivates Future New Talents Through the “Chinese Opera on Campus” Program
TSMC Education and Culture Foundation is committed to promoting the inheritance of Chinese traditional opera, inviting its long-term collaborator GuoGuang Opera Company to perform spectacular Peking operas at TSMC Hsin-chu Arts Festival and launching a new type of radio program “Tales from Chinese Opera” in an attempt to guide the public to explore the beauty of Chinese traditional opera. In order to further pass on Chinese traditional opera to the younger generations of college students, the Foundation exclusively sponsors GuoGuang Opera Company to launch the “Chinese Opera on Campus” program, offering a series of courses on Peking opera at National Tsing Hua University and Tunghai University for the first time. In 2022, the students who enrolled in the classes together with the actors of GuoGuang Opera Company showcased the results of their learning and performed a classic Peking opera play “Chun-Tsao Braving the Court.” The classes aim to cultivate new talents, polish their skills and techniques and enrich their learning. They also inject new momentum into the efforts to continue the art of Peking opera.
Three Major Courses Designed to Comprehensively Teach New Peking Opera Aesthetics
Commencing in September of 2021, the “Chinese Opera on Campus” program is a three-year elective course at National Tsing Hua University and Tunghai University. The core of the course focuses on three major aspects: knowledge of Chinese opera, script appreciation and analysis, as well as demonstrating and teaching Peking Opera performance techniques. In the spirit of ‘continuation, assistance, and guidance,’ professional actors from GuoGuang Opera Company are the course lecturers and they pass on the basic physical and vocal techniques of how to play Peking opera roles as well as how to sing the melodies, thereby guiding the students to appreciate the beauty of Chinese traditional opera performance art.
“Chinese Opera on Campus” Program
|Teaching University||National Tsing Hua University||Tunghai University|
|Course Name||New Peking Opera Aesthetics: Exploration and Experience||Contemporary Theatre and Practice|
|Course Duration||Three Years, Starting from September of 2021|
Demonstrating and Teaching Peking Opera Performance Techniques
TSMC Education and Culture Foundation will continue its partnership with GuoGang Opera Company to inject Chinese opera culture into the campus. The “Chinese Opera on Campus” program is expected to launch its second-year course in September 2022, thereby enabling the beauty of traditional art to continue in the face of the vicissitudes and circumstances of the times. In doing so, the Foundation creates a gratifying experience that allows the young college students to understand the content of Peking Opera and enrich their humanistic heritage.
Without the incredible support from the TSMC Education and Culture Foundation, GuoGuang Opera would not have had the opportunity to offer practicum credit courses on Peking opera at universities, and a performing program for these enrolled students to perform on stage in three years.
It was very moving and thrilling for me to watch the students who had never taken any Peking Opera classes building up bit by bit from the ground up to learn the techniques of singing, reciting and acting up to this stage.