Li An | Shen Yili | Wu Shuang | Luo Chenxue | Lan Tian | Chen Li | Sun Jinghua | Tang Popo | Zhang Weiwei | Wei Li | An Xinyu | Wang Jinyu | Ni Xuhao

Li An

Li An is a National Class One Performer and a member of the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe. He specialises in xiaosheng roles (young male). Li received training from a number of renowned Kunqu opera artists such as Yue Meiti, Cai Zhengren and Zhou Zhigang. His repertoire includes The Lake Tower, Return Home Drunk, Discovering the Portrait, The Chiming Bells, Qin Repartee, On Broken Bridge, The Gift of a Sword from Baihua and Traces in the Snow. Li also played leading roles in several Kunqu classics, including Ringing the Palace Bell, Mourning, Sima Xiangru, The Peony Pavilion, The Palace of Eternal Life, Winning the Most Famous Beauty, The Story of the Jade Hairpin, Over the Wall on Horseback, Legend of the White Snake Sequel, The Story of Horse Selling, Long Feng Shan and A Pair of Purple Hairpins. He is the recipient of several awards, including the 26th Plum Blossom Award for Chinese Theatre, the 15th Shanghai Magnolia Award for Leading Role, the 4th and 5th China Kunqu Opera Arts Festival Performance Award, the 10th edition of the Excellence in Performance Award at the China Theatre Festival, the Outstanding Arts Talents Award of the Shanghai Cultural Talents Foundation, the Outstanding Shanghai Arts Talents Award, and the Shanghai Arts Talents Honour Award. He also received a nomination for the Kunqu Art Promotion Award at the National Contest of Outstanding Young Performers in Kunqu Opera.

Shen Yili

Shen Yili is a National Class One Performer and a member of the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe. She specialises in guimendan roles (high born, unmarried female). A protégé of Wang Yingzhi, Shen also received coaching from Kunqu artists such as Zhang Jingxian, Zhang Xunpeng, Hua Wenyi, Zhang Jiqing, Liang Guyin, Shen Shihua Wang Fengmei and Wang Zhiquan. Her repertoire includes the Kunqu classics The Peony Pavilion, The Palace of Eternal Life, A Pair of Purple Hairpins, The Story of the Jade Hairpin, Over the Wall on Horseback, Winning the Most Famous Beauty and The Story of Horse Selling, as well as the contemporary experimental Kunqu operas Mourning and The Chair. Shen is the winner of a number of awards, including the 28th Plum Blossom Award for Chinese Theatre, the First China Kunqu Opera Arts Festival Performance Award, 11th Shanghai Magnolia Award for Leading Role, the 4th edition of Shanghai Cultural New Performer, the Shanghai “Star of Eastern Opera” and the March 8 Red Flag Bearer of Shanghai city. In recent years, Shen has given numerous talks in China and overseas.

Wu Shuang

Wu Shuang is a National Class One Performer specialising in jing roles (painted face). He trained under the renowned Kunqu artists Fang Yang, Zhong Weide and Wang Qu and received coaching from Shang Changrong. His repertoire includes the classic Kunqu excerpts One Who Carries the Sword, The Ghost King Marries Off His Sister, Mountain Gate and Hua Pan. He has also played various roles in Ban Zhao, Sima Xiangru, The Peony Pavilion, Xi Shi, The Palace of Eternal Life, Ringing the Palace Bell and Chuan Shang Yin. His awards include the 1st National Kunqu Young Performers Exchange Performance New Budding Orchids Award, the Kunqu Art Promotion Award at the National Contest of Outstanding Young Performers in Kunqu Opera, the Red Plum Gold Award at the 1st National Theatre Singing Contest, the 13th Shanghai Magnolia Award for Supporting Role, the Top Ten Performer of National Kunqu Opera Young Performers, the 12th edition of the Wenhua Performance Award, the 27th edition of Plum Blossom Award for Chinese Theatre, the 26th Shanghai Magnolia Award for Lead Role and the Shanghai Cultural Artist Honorary Award. Wu is currently the director of the research and development department for the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe.

Luo Chenxue

Luo Chenxue is a National Class One Performer and a member of the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe. She specialises in guimendan roles (high born, unmarried female). Luo received training from Kunqu opera masters Hu Jinfang, Gong Yinlei, Kong Aiping and Xu Yunxiu. In 2012, Luo became the student of renowned Kunqu artist Zhang Jingxian. Her repertoire includes The Peach Blossom Fan 1699, The Palace of Eternal Life, The Peony Pavilion, The Story of the Jade Hairpin, Chuan Shang Yin, Over the Wall on Horseback, Fu de Ren and Palace in the Mist. Luo has received a number of awards including, a nomination for the 24th Shanghai Magnolia Award for Leading Role, the Outstanding New Performer Award at the 24th Shanghai New Kunqu Opera Contest, a nomination for the 9th Shanghai Cultural New Performer, the 26th Shanghai Magnolio Award for Supporting Role, the Outstanding Youth of Shanghai City award in 2016, the Hibiscus Award for Outstanding Actress, the Top Ten New Performers of National Kunqu Troupe Contest, the Gold Flower Award at the 3rd and 4th Red Plum Blossom Cup competition, the 4th China Kunqu Arts Festival Performance Award, the 9th edition of the Excellence in Performance Award at the China Theatre Festival and the Gold Award at the 5th edition of the Red Plum Blossom Cup competition.

Lan Tian

Lan Tian is a National Class One Performer specialising in laosheng roles (old man). He graduated from the postgraduate course of the 6th edition of Outstanding Young Peking Opera Performers at the National Academy of Theatre Arts, and trained under a number of Peking opera artists, including Zhang Shaochun, Guan Songan, Chen Zhiqing, Tong Qiang and Ni Haitian. His repertoire includes Taking Tiger Mountain, The Loss of Jieting, Empty City Stratagem, Executing Ma Su, The Fourth Son Visits his Mother, Dingjun Mountain, Yangping Pass, The Battle of Taiping, Greatly Protecting the State, Visiting the Imperial Mausoleum and Second Entrance to the Palace. He won the Shanghai Magnolia Award for Lead Role, the Gold Award at the 7th edition of the National Peking Opera Young Actors Television Competition and the Outstanding Award at the National Peking Opera Young Actors Excerpts Competition.

Chen Li

Chen Li is a National Class Two Performer and a member of the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe. She specialises in zhengdan roles (lead female). Having graduated from the third Kunqu Opera Performer class at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, her repertoire includes the Kunqu classics Over the Wall on Horseback, The Gift of a Sword from Baihua, The Story of the Jade Hairpin, The Palace of Eternal Life, The Peony Pavilion, The Lanke Mountain, Painting the Portrait, Bidding Farewell at the Grave, Invocation to God from Offering Incense to Mark a Lovers’ Pledge, Accompanying Jingniang for Thousands of Miles and Nu Dan. She also played leading roles in Long Feng Shan, Ringing the Palace Bell, The Story of the Lute and the 3D Kunqu film Ringing the Palace Bell, which won the Best Theatre Film Award at the Canada Golden Maple Film Festival. Chen is the winner of the Excellence in Performance Award at the 5th edition of the China Theatre Festival.

Sun Jinghua

Sun Jinghua is a National Class Two Performer specialising in chou roles (comic characters). He graduated from the third Kunqu Opera Performing class at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. He first trained under Wang Shijie and Tu Yongheng, and later received coaching from Liu Yilong, Zhang Mingrong, Cheng Zhixiong and Wang Shiyao. His repertoire includes An Investigation in Disguise, Borrowing the Boots, You Jie, Hu Village, Teaching the Begging Tricks, Discussing the Sword, Drafting the Complaint, Yu Qian and First Encounter and the Conquest. He won the 1st National Kunqu Young Performers Exchange Performance New Budding Orchids Award.

Tang Popo

Tang Popo is an excellent young performer specialising in huadan roles (young female). She is the student of the acclaimed Kunqu artists Liang Guyin, Jin Caiqin, Wang Yingzi and Wang Junhui. Her repertoire includes Interrupted Dream, The Day of the Wedding, Sending the Letter, Jumping off the Wall, Interrogating Maid Hong, Yearning for the Secular World, A Crazy Girl’s Confessions, Borrowing the Tea, Hiding in Her boat, First Encounter and the Conquest, Escaping from the Mountain, Entrusting The Son, Matchmaking, Wu Song Meets Pan Jinlian, Bidding Farewell to His Elder Brother, Ringing the Palace Bell, Over the Wall on Horseback, A Pair of Purple Hairpins, The Peony Pavilion, The Palace of Eternal Life and A Dream Under the Southern Bough. Tang has also performed in tours to Germany, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Zhang Weiwei

Zhang Weiwei graduated from the Shanghai Theatre Academy in 2006,  majoring in Kunqu. He is now a young performer in the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe, and specialises in wenwu laosheng roles (civil and martial old male). Zhang received training from Kunqu artists Zhou Qiming, Hou Shaokui, Gan Mingzhi, Lu Yongchang and Zhang Shanyuan. He has played a number of challenging roles, including Qin Qiong in “Three Blocks” from The Qilin Chamber, Zhou Yuji in Bidding Farewell to Mother and Shooting Arrows, Hong Chengchou in Mother Hong’s Rage, Zhao Kuangyin in Accompanying Jingniang for Thousands of Miles, Guo Ziyi in “The Wine House” from The Palace of Eternal Life, Lin Chong in The Midnight Rush of Lin Chong, Wu Song in The Centipede Range, Wu Han in Death in the Shrine, Sun Bin in Ma Ling Dao, Zhou Yuji in The Sword Fight, Ding Yi in the new Kunqu opera Chuan Shang Yin and Wang Sheng in the experimental Kunqu opera The Chair.

Wei Li

Wei Li is an outstanding young performer in the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe who specialises in xiaosheng roles (young male). He has received coaching from a number of acclaimed Kunqu artists, including Cai Zhengren, Yue Meiti and Zhou Zhigang. His repertoire includes A Dream Under the Southern Bough, The Monk and The Prostitute, The Moon Pavilion, as well as more than twenty classic opera excerpts. He is the winner of the Wenhua Opera School Gold Award at the National Youth Opera Contest, and the Outstanding Opera and Performance Award at the 5th China Kunqu Opera Arts Festival. His performance in the lead role of The Monk and The Prostitute garnered excellent reviews at the 6th China Kunqu Opera Arts Festival. For his performance as Chun Yufen in A Dream Under the Southern Bough, Wei won the 27th Shanghai Magnolia Award for New Lead Role and received the New Opera and New Performer Award of Shanghai City.

An Xinyu

An Xinyu studied hualian roles (painted face) in the Xiqu School at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. At school, he trained under Fang Yang, Gao Ying and Wangzhuo. He has studied a number of Kunqu classics, including Lu Hua Dang, Drunken Pounding at the Mountain Gates, The Ghost King Marries Off His Sister, Assassinating Liang, Capture Guan Sheng and Three Crashes. He joined the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe in 2010 after his graduation. During his time with the troupe, he has received coaching from the Kunqu artist Wu Shuang and played An Lushan in The Palace of Eternal Life, Huang Shanke in A Pair of Purple Hairpins and Pan Guan in The Peony Pavilion. An is a highly acclaimed performer in both civil and martial roles.

Wang Jinyu

Wang Jinyu graduated from the Shanghai Theatre Academy, where he majored in hualian roles (painted face). At school he trained under Fang Yang, Chen Yiping, Ni Shunfu and Gao Ying. He studied Lu Hua Dang, Assassinating Liang, Three Crashes, Burning Yu Hong, The Incident at White Water Beach, Fighting with Ma Chao, Fiery Verdict and Nao Chao, Pu Quan. In 2017 he joined the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe’s national tours and played Yang Guozhong in The Palace of Eternal Life. In 2018, he toured in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Berlin and performed The Palace of Eternal Life and Four Dreams in the Camellia Hall.

Ni Xuhao

Ni Xuhao is an outstanding young performer in the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe, specialising in wenwu xiaosheng roles (civil and martial young male). He graduated from the Kunqu performing class at the Shanghai Theatre Academy and trained under the Kunqu masters Yue Meiti, Cai Zhengren, Zhou Zhigang and Wang Taiqi. Ni is a versatile performer in both civil and martial roles. His repertoire includes The Peony Pavilion, The Story of the Jade Hairpin, The Lion’s Roar, Legend of the White Snake, The Story of the West Chamber, The Story of the West Mansion, Over the Wall on Horseback, Ya Guan Lou, “Encounter at the Pavilion” from The Story of the Rosy Peach Blossom, “Looking Homeward” from Su Wu Herding Sheep, “Seeing His Mother But Without His Wife” from The Story of the Wooden Hairpin, “The Beggar’s Song” from An Embroidered Robe, “Drafting the Complaint” from The Story of Horse Selling and “The Lake Tower” from Winning the Most Famous Beauty. He won the Hisbiscus Award for Best Actor and played lead role in The Peony Pavilion at Expo 2010 Shanghai China. He was also voted Top Ten of the most popular young theatre performers in 2016.