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Opera042 20030612 SHANXI, CHINA: 71 year old veteran Jin Opera performer Wang Heqi buttons a collar in preparation to perform a rare male role for a small skit backstage at a village in Shanxi Province, China 12 June 2003. Known around the province as "Girl 13" because he specialized in female roles all his life after he became a star on stage at the early age of 13, Mr. Wang finally retired in late 2003 after performing for 57 years.
Opera042 20030612 SHANXI, CHINA: 71 year old veteran Jin Opera performer Wang Heqi buttons a collar in preparation to perform a rare male role for a small skit backstage at a village in Shanxi Province, China 12 June 2003. Known around the province as "Girl 13" because he specialized in female roles all his life after he became a star on stage at the early age of 13, Mr. Wang finally retired in late 2003 after performing for 57 years.