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Kunqu Opera developed under the Ming Dynasty (fourteenth to seventeenth centuries) in the city of Kunshan, situated in the region of Suzhou in southeast China. With its roots in popular theatre, the repertory of songs evolved into a major theatrical form. Kunqu is one of the oldest forms of Chinese opera still performed today. The opera has suffered a gradual decline since the eighteenth century because of the high-level technical knowledge it also requires from its audience.