Xi’an Opera

The opening act.

The opening act.

Our dinner in Xi’an was one of the more memorable ones. Every course was a different dumpling, with a different design on top and different tastes and ingredients inside. It was also the first of many birthdays that our tour guides marked by presentation of a cake to the one celebrating and to his or her table.

After dinner we were treated to a feast of opera – and because of the rail in front of me I was able to rest the camera and get fairly sharp shots. I did not follow the stories and don’t remember them, but the quality was outstanding and the visual elements stunning: costumes, lighting, backdrops, side panels and props.

Not only the singing and dancing and acrobatics were beautiful and impressive, but so were the backdrops, side scenery and lighting.

Not only the singing and dancing and acrobatics were beautiful and impressive, but so were the backdrops, side scenery and lighting.

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The emperor and his soldiers entered from the back of the audience. I love the Rembrandt-esque lighting of the faces.

The emperor and his soldiers entered from the back of the audience. I love the Rembrandt-esque lighting of the faces.

Forbidden City as backdrop.

Forbidden City as backdrop.

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I love the backdrop painting.

I love the backdrop painting.

Notice that the backdrop has changed from the previous photo, though it was part of the same act.

Notice that the backdrop has changed from the previous photo, though it was part of the same act.

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