Most story plots in traditional Chinese opera performances are based on famous Chinese classics and myths.
Reflecting Chinese culture and philosophy, almost all opera performances highlight virtues such as loyalty, love and patriotism. Other than a form of entertainment, Chinese opera also plays an active role in dispensing important messages, especially those concerning patriotic values.
In Singapore, Chinese opera is practised freely especially during celebrations like Chinese New Year and Hungry Ghost Festival, when it’s performed on open fields in heartlands across the city. Traditional instruments such as the erhu, drums and cymbals are commonly used in Chinese opera, accompanied by colourful and outlandish costumes and rich makeup to create mesmerising yet culturally-steeped performances.