I have to admit that I have never seen a Chinese Opera. Perhaps I have seen a few minutes of footage here and there but I have never actually watched one in it's entirety. However I just came across some fascinating images of the face-painting and masks used and I am quite intrigued especially with the color symbols associated with the different masks.
I have to say that I really dig the bearded Gene Simmons guy. By the way a beard such as this on a character implies wealth and power....or that he lives in Portland, Oregon.