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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.

Recordings

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  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mei, Lanfang," accessed October 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103018.

Mei, Lanfang. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103018.

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

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103018

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