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.