Chinese opera in Australia

Like Chinese temples, Chinese opera also has a long history in Australia dating from the mid-nineteenth century. This cultural form also declined and perhaps disappeared entirely in the early twentieth century before returning again in its Cantonese form. While the early Chinese Opera was common in mainstream theatres in Sydney or Melbourne that popular since the Second World War has usually been more strictly confined to community groups such as that in Ashfield today.

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For an overview of Chinese Opera in Australia see: Michael Williams, 2020, Smoking opium, puffing cigars, and drinking gingerbeer: Chinese Opera in Australia, In Opera, Emotion, and the Antipodes Volume II Applied Perspectives: Compositions and Performances, edited by Jane W. Davidson, Michael Halliwell and Stephanie Rocke, pp.166-208. Abingdon: Routledge, 2020.