Qi Shu Fang has been performing Peking Opera all of her life.  In her youth, she studied with her sister-in-law, the renowned martial arts actress Zhang Meijuan.  At sixteen she created a stir in Beijing when she played the lead role in “Three Battles with Zhang Yue’e.”  The great actor and female impersonator Mei Lanfang praised her performance of this tremendously difficult piece. 

 

After this early success, Ms. Qi went on to study at the Shanghai Municipal Theater School and perform as a leading actress with Shanghai Youth Peking Opera Company and the Shanghai Peking Opera Theater.  During this time, her performance in the revolutionary model opera Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy made her a household name in China

 

Ms. Qi has performed throughout Asia and Europe.  In 1987 she performed “Green Stone Mountain,” “The Legend of the White Snake,” and “Autumn River” in Vienna to great acclaim; in Hamburg, Germany she was hailed as “a white-clad empress” for her performance of the “Flaming Phoenix”; and in Japan she is know as one of that country’s most beloved Peking Opera stars.     

 

In 1988 Qi Shu Fang moved to New York City and established the Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera Company.  In 2001 she was awarded the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor in traditional folk arts in the United States.

 

In 2003 Ms. Qi made her Broadway debut in her company’s historic performance of The Women Generals of the Yang Family at the New Victory Theatre.   Ms. Qi is accomplished in all areas of Peking Opera performance; in particular she known for her full, sweet soprano voice and her remarkable powerful martial abilities. Jack Anderson of The New York Times has written, “she fills the stage with magic that is inexpressibly enchanting.”  James R. Oestreich has praised her as “a bright star, a truly great artist.”

      

Ms. Qi and her husband Ding Meikui currently lead their company across the country to promote Peking Opera and Chinese culture.  Every year their professional performances are greeted with great enthusiasm by American audiences.  In this regard, Ms Qi has made a great contribution to the cultural richness of American while at the same time building a bridge between East and West.

PRESIDENT QI SHUFANG

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