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Tibetan Opera to return to center stage

(China Daily)

13:22, December 29, 2012

Students rehearse with their teacher in the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts on Dec.20,2012. (Zhang Wei/China Daily)

Five genres of art to be revived by young blood

China's top opera academy will offer an undergraduate course in Tibetan Opera for the first time in 2013.

The National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, located in Beijing's Fengtai district, plans to enroll 37 undergraduate students majoring in five regional operas that have been recognized at State or global level as intangible cultural heritage. In addition to Tibetan Opera, the styles include Qinqiang Opera, a 2,000-year-old genre that originated in northwestern China, and Liuzi Opera, which is popular in Shandong, Henan, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces.

Zhou Long, the academy's vice-president in charge of student enrollment, said the school is currently unsure how it will allocate the 37 places among the five genres, but only the best applicants will pass the three rounds of exams, scheduled for the end of February 2013.

The selected candidates will also need to pass the college entrance exam next year, before enrolling at the academy in September 2013.

The school will waive their annual tuition fee of 10,000 yuan ($1,600) for the duration of their four-year studies, with support from Beijing municipal government, Zhou said.

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