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Lizzie the opera singer

Head over heels in love, with the beautiful Peking opera

A balanced use of simple but beautiful words and the spiritual connection to all ancestors made Lizzie Ge fall in love with the Peking opera.

Peking opera origins in the provinces of Anhui and Hubei and arose in Beijing in the mid-Qing dynasty. It is a traditional Chinese opera form which combines music, vocal performance, mime, dance and acrobatics.

“It quickly grew popular in the imperial family and the people around them such as nobles, officials and commoners,” tells Lizzie Ge who has been in love in this form of entertainment ever since she was a little girl.

It was the beautiful costumes, makeup and the fascinating actors way of expressing themselves that caught her attention. Since she loved singing, she started practicing the Peking opera at an early age.

“The beautiful thing about it is that it is that through it you get to know your history and understand your heritage, it is closely connected to our Chinese ancestors. When I listen to it I suddenly understand the transformation of time and space.”

She trains every week and perform at a social club where about 10-20 people sing together. Every year they do great performances on stage.

“I love to be up there, and I love the way I can express things when I am singing. It’s a spiritual feeling, probably similar to freedom. Peking opera is extremely difficult to master though, you need to learn many techniques and sing with a special voice, it’s always an act.” 

“The colors are very important as they all express something. Black means your sad, poor or in some kind of trouble while colorful clothes means you are rich or happy.”

Her biggest idol is Mei Lanfang, one of the most famous Peking opera performers of all times.

“He was a man but acted as a woman during the gigs. Worldwide, he was known as the queen of Peking opera.”

Lizzie aims at mastering the Peking opera more and more, and she has started making her own costumes.

She actually met her husband in the Peking opera. They are both performing, but not together.

“I think this is something we will both keep doing for the rest of our lives. It’s a way of living.”

When she is not on the stage performing, Lizzie works within finance at Getinge’s Suzhou office in China.

“I love both my job and my hobby. And there are more similarities than you would believe when it comes to mastering logistics at work and the rhythms of the Peking opera.”