Cantonese Opera costumes are colorful, intricate, and glittering.
The early costumes were decorated by means of embroidery.
The glittering “sequined and beaded” costumes were developed
between 1920’s and 1930’s and had gained popularity for decades.
Cantonese Opera music consists of innumerable melodies and tunes.
Unlike western opera, the lyrics in Cantonese opera are much more important than the music.
The writers put words into the pool of melodies and tunes.
One song may contain many melodies, and it is up to the singer
to add his or her own personal variation and style to the melody when they sing it.
Posted on 20 July 2008
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