Cai Zhengren’s Master Class on The Yu’s Style of Kunqu Opera
The Yu’s Style of Kunqu Opera was initiated by master Yu Sulu (1847—1930), and perfected by his son, Yu Zhenfei (1902—1993). Carrying his father’s mantle, Zhenfei kept an open mind towards the art. He learnt from many accomplished individuals in this field and adopted the essence of numerous styles. He developed singing methods that well-modulate the melodies with the lyrics’ tones, and established a meticulous style that is elegant, refined and fully represents the aesthetics of the traditional Chinese scholar-gentry. The Yu’s Style is so remarkable that it is commonly recognized as a paragon of Chinese opera and culture. To pass the torch from generation to generation, Zhengfei spent great effort on cultivating new generations of talents on Kunqu Opera. Cai Zhengren, a famed Kunqu Opera performing artist, is acclaimed to be one of Zhenfei’s students that wins his essence to the most. His outstanding talent brings him the title of “Junior Yu Zhenfei” and “Living Emperor Tang Ming Huang” (Emperor Tang Ming Huang is Cai Zhengren’s most well-played role in Kunqu Opera).
<Cai Zhengren’s Master Class on The Yu’s Style of Kunqu Opera> is a series of video learning materials delivered by Cai Zhengren. The true essence and skills of The Yu’s style is well demonstrated and explained through more than 30 major tune labels (pieces). The set includes three albums, with seven DVD disks and a total length of 910 minutes.