Li AnWu ShuangYu BinLuo ChenxueChen LiHou ZheJi YunfengHu WeiluZhang Weiwei

Li An

Li AnLi An is a National Class One Performer and part of the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe. He specialises in xiaosheng (young male) roles. Li trained under a number of renowned Kunqu artists such as Yue Meiti, Cai Zhengren and Zhou Zhigang. His repertoire includes The Lake Tower, Return Home Drunk, Discovering the Portrait, The Chiming Bells, Qin Repartee, On Broken Bridge, The Gift of a Sword from Baihua and Traces in the Snow. Li also played leading roles in several Kunqu classics, including Ringing the Palace Bell, Mourning, Sima Xiangru, The Peony Pavilion, The Palace of Eternal Life, Winning the Most Famous Beauty, The Story of the Jade Hairpin, Over the Wall on Horseback, Legend of the White Snake Sequel, The Story of Horse Selling, Long Feng Shan and A Pair of Purple Hairpins. He is the recipient of several awards, including a Plum Blossom Award for Chinese Theatre, a Shanghai Magnolia Award for Leading Role, two China Kunqu Opera Arts Festival Performance Awards, the Excellence in Performance Award at the China Theatre Festival, an Outstanding Arts Talents Award from the Shanghai Cultural Talents Foundation, and a Shanghai Arts Talents Honour Award. He also received a nomination for the Kunqu Art Promotion Award at the National Contest of Outstanding Young Performers in Kunqu Opera. 

Wu Shuang

Wu ShuangWu Shuang is a National Class One Performer specialising in jing (painted face) roles. He trained under renowned Kunqu artists Fang Yang, Zhong Weide and Wang Qu, and received coaching from Shang Changrong. His repertoire includes the classic Kunqu excerpts One Who Carries the Sword, The Ghost King Marries Off His Sister, Mountain Gate and Hua Pan. He has also played various roles in Ban Zhao, Sima Xiangru, The Peony Pavilion, Xi Shi, The Palace of Eternal Life, Ringing the Palace Bell and Chuan Shang Yin. His accolades include a National Kunqu Young Performers Exchange Performance New Budding Orchids Award, a Kunqu Art Promotion Award at the National Contest of Outstanding Young Performers in Kunqu Opera, the Red Plum Gold Award at the National Theatre Singing Contest, a Shanghai Magnolia Award for Supporting Role, a Wenhua Performance Award, a Plum Blossom Award for Chinese Theatre, a Shanghai Magnolia Award for Lead Role and a Shanghai Cultural Artist Honorary Award. Wu is currently the director of the research and development department of the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe.

Yu Bin

Yu BinYu Bin is a National Class One Performer specialising in dan (female) roles. A graduate of the Shanghai Theatre Academy, she majored in xiqu performance and received training from revered Kunqu artist Zhang Jingxian, as well as Wang Yingzi, Zhu Xiaoyu and Zhang Jiqing. Her repertoire includes traditional excerpts such as Interrupted Dream, On Broken Bridge and The Gift of a Sword from Baihua, as well as Kunqu dramas including The Peony Pavilion, The Palace of Eternal Life, The Story of the Jade Hairpin, Ban Zhao and Ringing the Palace Bell. She is the recipient of a Red Plum Gold Award at the National Theatre Singing Contest, and two Performance Awards at the China Kunqu Opera Arts Festival. She served as a representative at the 2013 Shanghai Women’s Congress, and is currently a member of the Shanghai Dramatists Association.

Luo Chenxue

Luo ChenxueLuo Chenxue is a National Class One Performer and a member of the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe. She specialises in guimendan roles (high-born, unmarried female). Luo received training from Kunqu masters Hu Jinfang, Gong Yinlei, Kong Aiping and Xu Yunxiu. In 2012, she became the student of renowned Kunqu artist Zhang Jingxian. Her repertoire includes The Peach Blossom Fan 1699, The Palace of Eternal Life, The Peony Pavilion, The Story of the Jade Hairpin, Chuan Shang Yin, Over the Wall on Horseback, Fu de Ren and Palace in the Mist. Luo’s accolades include an Outstanding New Performer Award at the Shanghai New Kunqu Opera Contest, a Shanghai Magnolia Award for Supporting Role, the 2016 Outstanding Youth of Shanghai City Award, an Hibiscus Award for Outstanding Actress, two Gold Flower Awards at the Red Plum Blossom Cup Competition, a China Kunqu Opera Arts Festival Performance Award, an Excellence in Performance Award at the China Theatre Festival and the Gold Award at the Red Plum Blossom Cup competition.

Chen Li

Chen LiChen Li is a National Class Two Performer and a member of the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe. She specialises in zhengdan (lead female) roles. A graduate of the Kunqu Opera Performer class at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, her repertoire includes Kunqu classics the Wall on Horseback, The Gift of a Sword from Baihua, The Story of the Jade Hairpin, The Palace of Eternal Life, The Peony Pavilion, The Lanke Mountain, Painting the Portrait, Bidding Farewell at the Grave, Invocation to God from Offering Incense to Mark a Lovers’ Pledge, Accompanying Jingniang for Thousands of Miles and Nu Dan. She also played leading roles in Long Feng Shan, Ringing the Palace Bell, The Story of the Lute and the 3D Kunqu film Ringing the Palace Bell, which won a Best Theatre Film Award at the Canada Golden Maple Film Festival. Chen has also been recognised with an Excellence in Performance Award at the China Theatre Festival.

Hou Zhe

Hou ZheHou Zhe is a National Class Two Performer specialising in chou (comic) roles. He studied under Tu Yonghen and Cheng Zhixiong, before receiving further training from Kunqu artists Liu Yilong and Zhang Mingrong. He has performed in several major Kunqu productions, including Chuncao Breaks into the Trial Court, The Story of the Hairpin and the Bracelet and The Mistake Caused by a Kite. He is the winner of a National Kunqu Young Performers Exchange Performance New Budding Orchids Award and a National Kunqu Young Performers Showcase Excellent Performer Award.

Ji Yunfeng

Ji YunfengJi Yunfeng is a National Class Two Performer, with a specialisation in wusheng (martial male) and laosheng (old male) roles. He has studied under a number of respected Kunqu artists and educators, such as Guo Zhongchun, Zhang Jinlong, Gu Yixuan, Zhang Jilin and Hou Shaokui. His repertoire includes The Incident at White Water Beach, Night Patrol and Ya Guan Lou. He is a recipient of a Shanghai Cultural Talents Foundation Encouragement Award and a China Kunqu Opera Arts Festival Performance Award.

Hu Weilu

Hu WeiluHu Weilu is a National Class Two Performer specialising in xiaosheng (young male) roles. Trained under prominent Kunqu artists Yue Meiti, Cai Zhengren and Zhou Zhigang, she has appeared in an array of major productions, including The Story of the Jade Hairpin, The Peony Pavilion, Over the Wall on Horseback and Leifeng Tower. Her repertoire also includes the excerpts The Hidden Boat, The Lake Tower, Meeting the Mother and The Gift of a Sword from Baihua, as well as the contemporary Kunqu operas Chun Shuidu and Another Dream of the Red Chamber. She is a winner of an Outstanding New Performer Award, an Hibiscus Award and an Excellent Performer Award at the Shanghai New Kunqu Opera Contest.

Zhang Weiwei

Zhang WeiweiZhang Weiwei graduated from the Shanghai Theatre Academy in 2006, majoring in Kunqu. He now performs with the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe, specialising in wenwu laosheng (civil and military older male) roles. Zhang received training from Kunqu artists Zhou Qiming, Hou Shaokui, Gan Mingzhi, Lu Yongchang and Zhang Shanyuan. He has played a number of challenging roles, including Qin Qiong in Three Blocks from The Qilin Chamber, Zhou Yuji in Bidding Farewell to Mother and Shooting Arrows, Hong Chengchou in Mother Hong’s Rage, Zhao Kuangyin in Accompanying Jingniang for Thousands of Miles, Guo Ziyi in The Wine House from The Palace of Eternal Life, Lin Chong in The Midnight Rush of Lin Chong, Wu Song in The Centipede Range, Wu Han in Death in the Shrine, Sun Bin in Ma Ling Dao, Zhou Yuji in The Sword Fight, Ding Yi in new Kunqu Chuan Shang Yin and Wang Sheng in the experimental Kunqu production The Chairs.