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Cantonese opera (Yue Opera) can be dated back to the southern Song dynasty (AD 1179-1276), but many well-known operas performed today are from the Yuan dynasty (AD 1280-1368). For example, operas like "The Purple Hairpin" and "Rejuvenation of the Red Plum Flower" originally come from Yuen dynasty opera librettos. Cantonese opera was originally sung in a Tang dialect similar to present day Cantonese or FuJianinese.

During the Yuen dynasty, many innovations were developed. The multi-act opera, or ZaJu, in which acts are based on various rhyme schemes, was introduced during this period. Furthermore, the tradition of having specialized roles, or Hong Kong, such as Darn (female), Saung (male), and Chou (jester), came into being.

The 1920s saw radical changes in Cantonese opera, as the use of Cantonese was re-established and the tradition of having males sing the lead female role was ended. All-male and all-female troups merged, and the Four Superstars and the Four Great Male Vocals became famous. These changes heralded the reinvention and renewal of the entire art form.

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