Gan Opera of Jiangxi listed as national intangible cultural heritage

Updated: 2011- 08- 23

  It is learned from Jiangxi Provincial Department of Culture, Jiangxi Province has another two items of national intangible cultural heritage—Gan Opera and Xihe Opera of Xingzi County, according to the Circular of the State Council on Publishing the Third Batch of National Intangible Cultural Heritage issued in May, 2011. The list was established by the Ministry of Culture and approved by the State Council, with 191 items in the third Batch of National Intangible Cultural Heritage.   
  Gan Opera is Jiangxi’s classical drama style with a long history, characterized mainly by high-pitched singing with a history of 500 years (vocal music in Chinese opera characterized by high-pitched singing accompanied by percussion instruments only). The opera from Jiangxi province is known as Gan Opera after the Gan River, which runs almost the entire length of the province from south to north. The southeastern province of Jiangxi is strategically located for the development of regional opera. It borders on the provinces of Anhui, famous for its pihuang music, and Zhejiang, a performance center for kunqu. These musical styles played a role in the mix that was to become Gan Opera, but the most important element was high-pitched singing style, which was a blend of the yiyang singling style from northern Jiangxi and the qingyang singing style from Anhui.
  The Gan Opera House of Jiangxi Province is the only classic Chinese opera house which has well preserved and performed yiyang singing style and qingyang singing style. Entering the new era, the opera house has created and performed high-pitched oratorio such as "Revival song" , "The Story of Hairpin ", "Resurrection Postscript", "“The story of Dou E", "The Story of the Purple Hairpin", "Handan Dream".
  (Source: The official website of The People’s Government of Jiangxi Province)