My name is Bertrand and I am a busy computer programmer working in Canada.

Years ago, I stopped listening to rock music at work to help me relax and focus more, and started listening to classical music. This eventually led me to discover western opera stars Renee Fleming, Juan Diego Florez and Angela Gheorghiu.

While listening one afternoon to a Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Puccini’s Turandot, the intermission program played “real” Chinese opera and I was hooked!

I have been collecting CDs, DVDs and downloaded videos of Beijing Operas for a few years now. Discovering Beijing Opera star Zhang Huoding has been pretty close to life-changing for me. This music is a passion for people like my friends Zach, Fern and Géza as well as for myself. I would like to share this passion with you!


bertrand@operabeijing.com for Bertrand

fern.megapoxy@gmail.com  for Fern


20 Responses to “ Help! I don’t speak Chinese ”

  1. Fajar says:

    Hi, Bertrand !

    First, I want to gift you something : Greetings from here, JAKARTA !

    Like you, I don’t speak Chinese. But I’m falling in love with Peking Opera, especially with Zhang Huoding. For me, she’s like an Angel from the East. But, I can’t speak Chinese. I just watch her from Youtube.

    http://www.operabeijing.com share to me about all of Peking Opera. Congratulation for your beautiful website !

  2. Bertrand says:

    Thank you Fajar, please keep in touch!

    • Fajar says:

      Hi Bertrand.

      I want to ask something : do you know about Shan Wen ?

      For me, Shan Wen is the one of the greates actor for Kunqu Opera. You must listen when her singing aria from ” The Peony Pavilion.” Wow, its very beautiful song I never listen…

  3. Gu Jiexin says:

    I am not a musical person, and even though I’m proud of our spendid culture, to tell you the truth, I hardly can appreciate our traditional opera. But I’m very interested in your description of the performances, you know, I always think about such things in Chinese, it’s wonderful to learn from native speakers how to express them in English. And of course, I can help you learn Chinese, figure our what performers sing on the stage or what is beyond the lyric.

  4. Fern says:

    Hey hey, finally we can see Bertrand! Wang Xilong should tremble. 😀

  5. Bertrand says:

    You can tell from my expression this was taken in the hectic week right before X-Mas vacations.

    I quickly shot half a dozen photos and this is the only one that wasn’t blurry and that I didn’t look like a cadaver.

  6. Nandita says:

    Hey Bertrand,
    I have a few questions on the Peking Opera Head-dresses and was wondering if you’ll be able to answer them or maybe even lead me to a book or site or person who can help answer my questions.

  7. Yining says:

    Hello! My name is Yining (don’t let the name fool you — I’m from California, USA). I am a doctoral student specializing in jingju at University of Hawaii Manoa. I found your website today when I was searching for videos for my comprehensive exams and I’m so grateful that I did! Wow! You have literally saved me hours of copying time in our AV room.

    Thank you for all of your hard work and the resources you’ve posted! I’m having so much fun looking through them all, even though I should be reading…

  8. Yan says:

    I am a big fan of Chinese Opera,especially Jingju,Kunqu, and Yueju. I found your website when I was searching pictures for my theatre appreciation class. I always want to introduce Chinese Opera to my American friends, but it is really hard to translate lines into English.Your website is amazing. I am glad you enjoy Chinese Opera!!

    • Bertrand says:

      Thank you very much for writing. Your comment was very encouraging!

      This year was a little difficult, downloading videos from China has become more difficult. Strangely, Fern has better Internet access in Budapest than I do here in Canada.

  9. malik arshad says:

    I want to know a singer known as Yanyan. She has a good voice.

    malik arshad

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