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Lanfang Mei

Mei Lan (22 October 1894 – 8 August 1961), better known by his stage name Mei Lanfang, was a notable Peking opera artist in modern Chinese theater. Mei was known as "Queen of Peking Opera". Mei was exclusively known for his female lead roles (dan) and particularly his "verdant-robed girls" (qingyi), young or middle-aged women of grace and refinement. He was considered one of the "Four Great Dan", along with Shang Xiaoyun, Cheng Yanqiu, and Xun Huisheng.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1894 (Beijing), Died 1961 (Beijing)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1935

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Notes: A Victor blue history card describes the artist as a "female impersonator." He was a renowned Peking opera star.


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-87091 10-in. 1/31/1935 Kalamatianos (Greek dance) Frances Elliott Clark Instrumental and vocal groups vocalist  
Victor JCE-317 10-in. 10/30/1929 Hai sze Lanfang Mei Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mei, Lanfang," accessed October 27, 2020,

Mei, Lanfang. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2020, from

"Mei, Lanfang." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 27 October 2020.

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