Peking Opera Immersion Program, Summer 2019, Shanghai, July 15-August 2

Calling all aspiring actors of Peking Opera!  The Summer 2019 Peking Opera Immersion Program will be opening up its application process soon. If you are interested, please sign up here. Shanghai, July 15-August 2, 2019.

The Shanghai Peking Opera Immersion Program ran as a pilot project in summer August 20-September 7,  2018.

PDF iconList of Peking Opera Fellows for Summer 2018

The program provided an unprecedented opportunity for Princeton students to engage in an intensive period of study and training in Chinese theater. It offers 3 weeks of intensive study and performance of the Northern style of Chinese drama (called “Peking Opera”) at the Shanghai Peking Opera Company (SPOC), based in Shanghai. Students can pick one Peking Opera specialty to concentrate on: Song, Speech/Acting, Dance, Combat/Acrobatics. One usually concentrates on more than than one.

Instruction will mostly be in the medium of Chinese (Mandarin), with some English assistance provided for students with less advanced Chinese language skills. All Princeton University undergraduates or graduate students in good standing, or those who have graduated within one year, from any major or department, are eligible to apply. Applicants must be highly motivated to study traditional Chinese opera and culture. Intermediate-level ability in modern Chinese language (Mandarin) is required. Normally, the minimum requirement for admission is two years of college-level instruction in Chinese before the start of the program; students with equivalent abilities are also eligible. Up to twenty fellowships (covering most of costs for travel, tution, meals, and lodgings) will be awarded.

PDF iconOpera School Curriculum.pdf

Works by SPOC (Click on title to see video)

Farewell My Concubine at The Met in NYC September 2017

The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan at the Edinburgh Festival 2011 (Peking Opera version of Hamlet)

圣母院, or Notre Dame (audio only)

Questions? Contact


Program in East Asian Studies

Office of the Provost


Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China

Department of East Asian Studies

Department of Music

Shanghai HYM Culture & Media Company

*Shanghai Peking Opera Company (SPOC)