Jun 20, 2010

China FDC on "KunQu Opera"

First Day Cover
Sobrescrito de 1.º Dia


KunQu Opera (昆曲)

Date of Issue : 12 June 2010

(from Left to Right)
3-1 : Washing the Silken Gauze (浣紗記)
3-2 : The Peony Pavilion (牡丹亭)
3-3 : The Palace of Long Life (長生殿)

Kunqu Opera, one of the oldest extant forms of Chinese traditional opera, was born in the late Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, and prevailed during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) periods. Like an elegant "orchid" in the garden of Chinese operas, it features a variety of plays, diverse roles, pleasant melodies, and beautiful dancing. Kunqu is honored as the "Mother of All Operas". In 2001, the art form was listed by UNESCO as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

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