Renowned Peking Opera artist Mei Baojiu, the ninth son of artistic master Mei Lanfang, died on Monday at the age of 82.
Mei Baojiu’s father, Mei Lanfang, was one of the most famous Peking opera performers. He shared fame with his father for multiple plays, including the well-known, “Farewell, My Concubine.” He was the leader of the Mei Lanfang Peking Opera troupe in the Beijing Peking Opera Theatre, and was also Mei Lanfang’s only child who is now a performer of the Dan role in the Peking Opera.
In an act to mark the second anniversary of the Grand Mei Lanfang Theatre, he performed “The Drunken Beauty,” which is a play about Concubine Yang drinking away her sorrow because she is irritated by Emperor Xuanzong of Tang breaking his promise.
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