The 'Revolutionary Opera' And The Chinese Cultural Revolution

Jul 24, 2013

The Red Detachment of Women from The Revolutionary Opera.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A “Revolutionary Opera” refers to one used as propaganda during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, engineered by the wife of Chairman Mao Zedong, and glorifying the People’s Liberation Army.

The titles of the eight such operas produced pretty well tell the tale, and include Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy and Red Detachment of Women.

Not much like Puccini or Wagner is it?