Cantonese Opera is a traditional Chinese art form, involving music, singing, martial arts, acrobatics, and acting. Most of the plots are based on Chinese history and myths, highlighting virtues like loyalty, love, patriotism, and faithfulness. Cantonese Opera taught morals and helped convey messages to its audiences; the government used theatre to promote the idea, “be loyal to the emperor and love the kingdom”. Thus, the government examined the opera frequently and would ban any theatre that it did not deem fit for the public.
How would you describe the sound of Cantonese Opera?
Now, imagine how western style opera must sound like to the Chinese!