[SZ]Falsetto singer as ‘four beauties'(Jul.16)
2013-June-24 Source: Szdaily web edition
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Time: 8 p.m., July 16

Tickets: 280-1,280 yuan

Reservation: 11185

Venue: Shenzhen Poly Theater, intersection of Wenxin Road 5 and Houhaibin Road, Nanshan District

Metro: Shekou Line, Houhai Station, Exit E

A combined image of Li Yugang and Li in feminine costume.

Li Yugang, a controversial Chinese male singer known for his falsetto voice and cross-dressing, will perform a concert featuring songs and Beijing opera in Shenzhen next month.

He will be dressed like the Four Great Beauties, four ancient Chinese women who were renowned for their beauty and gained reputations from the influence they exercised over kings and emperors. The four beauties are Xi Shi, from the seventh to sixth century B.C.; Wang Zhaojun, in the first century B.C.; Diao Chan, in the third century; and Yang Guifei (719-756).

Born into a farming family in Jilin Province in 1978, Li chose to pursue his dream of performing and became a club singer. He didn't achieve any success until a girl for whom he was the understudy was absent one night.

"It was a duet and I sang both the male and female parts. That's how I started with female roles," he recalled.

From 1998 to 2006, Li developed his act with the inspiration from the Beijing opera, giving the traditional art a modern edge.

"New Drunken Concubine," one of Li's most popular songs and shows, reminded audiences of late Beijing opera master Mei Lanfang. Even so, some Beijing opera experts have called Li's performances amateurish.

His cross-dressing performances were a hit at the Sydney Opera House in 2009. The following year, Li performed in 11 countries.

He was also offered a contract with the China Opera and Dance Drama Theater. He is the only performer in the troupe who was not formally trained.

Source: [SZ]Falsetto singer as ‘four beauties'(Jul.16)


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