"This past Sunday, I was invited by my friend to attend the DC Beauty of Beijing Opera's production of the classic "Legend of the White Snake." It was my first experience with Beijing Opera, with no previous knowledge of the art form, language, or culture. I was dazzled by the costumes and impressed by the musicians who played continuously for the 3-hour performance. The percussionists played at incredible speeds and I noticed a cloud of dust rise up from one of the stringed instruments, it was played so vigorously! The Beijing Opera singing style was new to me and, after some time, I found myself in a bit of a trance and fully absorbed in the story. Although much could be grasped by the stylized movements and emotive facial expressions, the subtitles helped me follow the cursed loved story of the White Snake and Xu Xian, including some very funny moments. As a dancer, my favorite scenes were those with the warriors and the Water Battle, which showcased the actors' elegance, virtuosity, and clarity of movement. Besides the production itself, I felt a real sense of community in the audience and felt welcomed there. It was a pleasure to catch a glimpse into this important historical and cultural Chinese art form here in Maryland.” --From an audience member from an International Finance Institution
"This is the most popular Beijing Opera performance in the local area in my memory. The theater was almost fully occupied, and to my surprise, even the temporary seats in the balcony were put into use at the last minute. I noticed that some people walked in for tickets at the doorstep. "
--From a 30-year resident of Mongtgomery County, Maryland, after the Beijing Opera Gala 2019
"We look forward to working with organizations such as yours to bring awareness, education, exposure and entertainment to the senior population who are eager to learn and be part of such events as the Beijing Opera."
--From Holidy Park Senior Center, Silver Spring, MD
"We both really enjoy all the performances. It was Michelle’s first time to watch a live Beijing opera. She stayed 2 hours without any complaint, and likes the last one, Jade Bracelet, the best! It was definitely a great experience for her! I like your beginning presentation and all the subtitles translation. It’s very well prepared and authentic! I especially like you compare Beijing opera to western literature, orchestra or Italian opera. The example from “The sound of music” is so vivid and catchy! Thanks so much for putting so much effort on spreading out Chinese performing arts! We do need talents like you to fill the gap of Chinese culture and western culture. I hope my daughter could play such a role in her life in future. We expect to see more of great performances like this in future! Thanks again!"