On October 19, 2020, Professor Zhu Hengfu of Shanghai Normal University was invited to Nanjing Normal University for academic exchange and delivered an academic lecture entitled “Review of 2019 Chinese Opera”in Room 117, Middle Building, Suiyuan Campus of Nanjing Normal University. The lecture was presided by Professor Sun Shulei, majoring in Drama and Opera of the College of Liberal Arts. The master students of Drama and Opera of the College of Liberal Arts and other professional master students attended the lecture.
Through this lecture, Professor Zhu Hengfu summarized the situation of opera creation in 2019. The year 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. The theoretical and practical fields of Chinese opera have made a rich and extensive summary and display around this celebration to jointly express praise and reflection on the development of Chinese opera over the past 70 years. In the creation of traditional and modern Chinese opera, a large number of artistic works have been accumulated, forming a diversified artistic system of Chinese opera. Meanwhile, under the guidance of combining theory with practice, a theoretical system of Chinese opera with strong national characteristics has also been formed. These achievements are reflected in this year's traditional Opera Heritage Protection, opera performance, opera creation, theory summary and other work, especially the traditional opera inheritance and development work towards institutionalization construction, has a positive role in promoting the long-term development of Chinese opera. Therefore, Professor Zhu believes that under the prosperous development of opera, Chinese opera needs the support of favorable policies as well as the bearing of a benign market, which is an important content of ecological construction of opera.
Professor Zhu Hengfu's insightful, in-depth and detailed lecture aroused positive response from the teachers and students who attended the meeting. The students put forward their own confusion in research, and Professor Zhu patiently answered them one by one. Professor Sun Shulei summarized and emphasized that the study of traditional Chinese opera needs to expand the existing theoretical system of traditional Chinese opera in a diversified disciplinary perspective, and at the same time, it also needs to further promote the integration of traditional Chinese opera theory with practice, so as to strengthen the extensive research in the field of active opera. Finally, Professor Sun expressed his sincere thanks to Professor Zhu Hengfu for his arrival and his guidance to the students.（written by Tian Ye）