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Grand Tibetan epic opera to debut in Beijing

China Tibet Online)  09:06, October 10, 2012

A still of the Tibetan epic opera "Princess Wencheng", which will be staged at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing from Oct 10 to 11, 2012.  (Photo/China Tibet Online)

A grand Tibetan epic opera titled "Princess Wencheng" will debut at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China's most prominent arts center, from Oct 10 to 11.

The opera tells the stories about Princess Wencheng in China's Tang Dynasty(618-907 A.D.) and her marriage with Sontzen Gampo, king of Tubo Kingdom in ancient Tibet over 1, 300 years ago.

The princess dedicated almost all her life in developing Tibet and bringing advanced Chinese culture to Tibet, therefore she was revered by the Tibetans generation after generation.

Historically, the marriage of Princess Wencheng promoted the economic and cultural progress in ancient Tibet and strengthened the Han-Tibetan ties.

Up to now, the well-known story has been performed in various art forms to commemorate Princess Wencheng, especially in Tibet.

The greatest innovation to the epic opera includes the subversion of the old mode, adherence to the philosophy of 'mountain, water, people' and the portray of the most loved and revered Princess Wencheng from the perspective of the Tibetan people.

The opera is also highlighted with the original Tibetan music elements and artistic techniques.

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