BEIJING, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- A series of performances showcasing achievements in traditional Chinese opera education kicked off in Beijing Friday.
Performers from 64 opera schools will present 94 plays from 52 types of traditional Chinese opera at the Chang'an Grand Theater.
Commonly seen operas including Peking opera and Kunqu opera, as well as some rare genres such as Xi opera and Shao opera, will be featured in the performances, according to the China Education Federation of the Arts (CEFA), the organizer of the event.
There are currently 348 types of Chinese opera. However, fewer than 70 schools nationwide offer education on fewer than 60 types of Chinese opera, of which most are unfamiliar to audiences.
The performances are beneficial to strengthening talent training for rare local operas and providing strong talent support for the inheritance and development of traditional Chinese opera, said the CEFA.