A stage photo of Jin Caifeng (left). [Photo/zjol.com.cn]
Renowned Yueju Opera artist Jin Caifeng passed away at the age of 92 in East China's Shanghai city on Jan 10.
Jin was born in Shanghai in November 1930. Her ancestral home was the present-day Yinzhou district of the port city of Ningbo in East China's Zhejiang province. She was enrolled in the Yueju troupe of the East China Traditional Opera Research Institute in 1951, before it was incorporated into the newly established Shanghai Yueju Theatre in 1955.
Jin played the classic role of Wang Xifeng in the Yueju-adapted film A Dream of Red Mansions, which was premiered in 1962. She also played numerous classic roles in similar films in the late 1970s and the 1980s.
Jin was awarded the title of an inheritor of national nontangible cultural heritage items.
Because of her unique singing voice and performing style, she was widely recognized as the founder of the Jin Faction of Yueju Opera, whose disciples remain popular onstage.