Ma Yutao (Chinese: 马玉涛; pinyin: Mǎ Yùtāo; born February 1936) is a Chinese opera singer and military general. Ma has been a longtime member of the People's Liberation Army, and she represented the army in the National People's Congress. She holds the rank of lieutenant general.

Ma Yutao
Ma in 1964
Member of the National People's Congress
In office
January 1975 – February 1978
Personal details
BornFebruary 1936 (age 88)
Baode, Shanxi, Republic of China
Political partyChinese Communist Party
Alma materShanghai Institute of Vocal Music
Military service
Branch/servicePeople's Liberation Army
Years of service1950–present
Rank Lieutenant general
Musical career
GenresChinese opera, Hebei bangzi
Years active1955–present

Biography edit

Ma Yutao was born in February 1936 in Baode, Shanxi. During her childhood, Ma was influenced by folk songs from Hequ. In 1950, at the age of fourteen, Ma enlisted in the People's Liberation Army as an actor, joining the Suiyuan Military Region [zh] Art Troupe. In 1955, she was reassigned to the Beijing Military Region Art Troupe, where she began practicing solo choral music. Ma attended the Shanghai Institute of Vocal Music in the late 1950s, studying under Lin Junqing [zh]. Lin introduced her to "vocal music, folk songs and operas" from various Chinese musicians, including Chang Xiangyu and Wang Kun, as well as the traditional operatic style Hebei bangzi.[1][2]

Ma is a soprano opera singer, with a timbre described as being "generous, bright, and mellow". As a singer for the PLA, Ma has performed at military and government events, for disaster relief programs, and in various symphonies.[1] Ma has won several competitions and awards throughout her career, including placing first in a "national solo recital held by the Ministry of Culture". Ma has represented China in several international singing competitions, including those held in Vienna, Paris, and the Soviet Union; she was also a member of Zhou Enlai's entourage during his tour of Europe and Asia. In 1976, Ma performed in the musical Songs of the Long March [zh] by Bayi Film Studio. She has also been a judge for several singing competitions, including the National Young Singer TV Grand Prix [zh] and the Golden Bell Awards [zh].[2][3]

Since joining the Chinese Communist Party in 1956, Ma has served in some political offices. From 1975 until 1978, she represented the PLA in the National People's Congress, and at some point was also a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.[2][4]

Ma holds the rank of lieutenant general in the People's Liberation Army, the "highest rank in the entertainment industry in China".[1] Ma is a member of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles and the Chinese Musicians' Association, and was a co-founder of the Chinese Music Group, which toured in Australia and the United States. As of 2016, Ma is the art director of the PLA Comrades in Arms Song and Dance Troupe.[2][3][5]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "马玉涛" [Ma Yutao]. Baode News Network (in Chinese). 2016-12-15. Archived from the original on August 27, 2017. Retrieved January 25, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d "马玉涛" [Ma Yutao]. Baotou (in Chinese). Archived from the original on June 9, 2019. Retrieved January 25, 2023.
  3. ^ a b Zhu, Hongli (2016-08-24). "马玉涛" [Ma Yutao]. China Youth Daily (in Chinese). Archived from the original on August 29, 2017. Retrieved January 25, 2023.
  4. ^ laitimes (2021-11-07). "Female deputies of the People's Liberation Army to previous sessions of the National People's Congress". laitimes. Retrieved 2023-01-25.
  5. ^ Liu, Yuan (2019). The Construction of National Identity through the Creation of the National Singing Method in China (PDF). Sydney: University of Technology Sydney. pp. 18–19. Retrieved January 25, 2023.