Top Menu

Durham County Library Presents Sister City Program on Chinese Opera

Program: Chinese Opera with Lydia Hodgson
Date: Saturday, November 2
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will partner with Sister Cities of Durham to host Lydia Hodgson on Saturday, November 2, at 3 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. Hodgson will discuss the music and costumes of Chinese opera, and will present excerpts from “The Peony Pavilion,” one of China’s best-loved classical operas.

Kunqu Opera has been the foremost Chinese operatic performing art for the past 600 years. Originating in Kunshan, Durham’s sister city, this art form is considered a perfect combination of poetry, music, dance and drama. In 2001, UNESCO proclaimed it a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. “The Peony Pavilion” was written by Tang Xianzu in the Ming Dynasty and first performed in 1598.

Sister Cities is an international, nonprofit, citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between the United States and international communities to increase global cooperation and mutual respect and understanding at the local level. Sister Cities of Durham is 25 years old and supports ongoing projects and exchanges with six international partners.

This program is co-sponsored by Durham Library Foundation and Zhuzhou Committee of Sister Cities of Durham. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

, , ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply