Development and Change of Cantonese Opera
the beginning of 1940, two ingenious artists Xue Jiaoxian
( 薛覺先 ) and Ma Shizeng ( 馬師曾 ) devoted themselves to the reform
of Cantonese Opera, particularly the theme, stage art, costumes
and make-up. In addition, Ma Shizeng founded the western music
section and introduced cello, saxophone, violin and other
musical instruments to Cantonese Opera .
in the Cantonese Opera, there were no female artists. All
characters were performed by the male actors. Later, female
artists were permitted to take part.
the middle of the 1980's, many people have enjoyed Cantonese
Opera and have sung opera songs as a leisure pursuit.