Classical music and opera are Beijing's specialty! Peking Opera is and has been a long-standing artistic undertaking in Beijing and the city is well known for its fantastic operas, plays and musicals as well as peformance of classical music both Chinese and Western. So, if you are in the mood for classical music and opera you are in the right city, Beijing has something that will impress and wow even the most avid critic.
The PLA Opera House offers ongoing performances in traditional Chinese Opera as well as the musicals and opera of revolutionary-era China. This is the foremost pace for traditional revolutionary performances and live music.
The Liyuan Theater is an opera house that specializes in performances of the traditional variety. You'll find all the classics of Peking Opera played here, as well as dances, live music and classical performances and bands. An impressive theater, the Liyuan is a staple in the evening entertainment community in Beijing.
Beijing Concert Hall, National Grand Theater and Century Theater are all beautiful and intricately designed theaters where you can find ongoing and rotating exhibitions of traditional Chinese opera, classic music from the east and west, and other performances. As schedules change monthly, check with the venue for upcoming events.
For a smaller opera viewing, head to the Teahouse of Prince Gong's Mansion, where small shows are put on for smaller audiences making for a more intimate understanding of Peking Opera and theater.
The Poly Plaza Theater puts on the largest shows in town, and has guest performances monthly that range from operas to classical bands, musicals and plays. Check the listings.
60 Deshengmennei Dajie
Qianmen Hotel, 175 Yongan Lu
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84 Liang Ma Qiao Road
Chao Yang District
Upscale playhouse and concert hall... read more
1 Bei Xinhua Jie, Liubukous
Great selection of classical concerts... read more
2 West Chang'an Avenue
National Center For Performing Arts
14 Dongzhimen Nan Dajie
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135 Xi Zhi Men Wai Avenue
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