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Celebrating Spring Festival with Peking Opera and Kunqu Opera Classics - Peking Opera: Dragon and Phoenix

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Celebrating Spring Festival with Peking Opera and Kunqu Opera Classics - Peking Opera: Dragon and Phoenix
Celebrating Spring Festival with Peking Opera and Kunqu Opera Classics - Peking Opera: Dragon and Phoenix

Presenter: Beijing Peking Opera Theatre

Venue: Theatre

Dates: Feb. 05, 2011 19:30

Price: VIP 480 400 320 200 120 RMB

Programme Introduction

Dragon & Phoenix is one of the famous Peking Opera adapted from the story of Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Maestro Ma Lianliang, who adapted and developed the story, made it a special of the Ma School. Every holiday when there is celebration, people would ask for this play. The story tells the stratagem of Sun Quan (King of Wu Kingdom) and Zhou Yu (Sun Quan's counselor), who intends to cheat Liu Bei (King of Shu Kingdom) to come over to their Kingdom and marry Suan Quan's beautiful sister so that they could get the land occupied by Liu Bei. Zhuge Liang (Liu Bei's counselor) sees through the stratagem, helps Liu Bei get the beauty and yet keep his land.

Synopsis

Sun Quan is angry with Liu Bei for holding Jingzhou and would not return it. Zhou Yu sets a stratagem and intended to get Jingzhou back by cheating Liu Bei to come over and marry Sun Quan's sister, Sun Shangxiang. Zhuge Liang sees through the stratagem and arranged the meeting of Liu Bei with the sister. They two get married and Liu Bei then go to stay at Sun Quan's Wu Kingdom. At the same time, Zhao Yun, subordinate of Liu Bei, follows Zhuge Liang's stratagem and passes fake information that Cao Cao, King of Wei Kingdom, is going to take Jingzhou. Liu Bei takes Sun Shangxiang back to his kingdom. With full preparation, Zhuge Liang helps defeat all the chasing and attack of Zhou Yu and thus saves both Jingzhou and Liu Bei.

Beijing Peking Opera Theatre

Established in 1979, Beijing Peking Opera Theatre is the largest professional performing arts ensembles of Peking Opera in China. The theatre not only plays a key role in China's traditional opera circle but also enjoys a high overseas reputation. In the process of establishment and development of its arts brand, numerous performing artists made a great contribution, such as the "Four Major Masters of Female Characters" of Mei Lanfang, Shang Xiaoyun, Cheng Yanqiu, Xun Huisheng, as well as masters of other schools including Ma Lianliang, Tan Fuying, Zhang Junqiu, Qiu Shengrong, and Zhao Yanxia, etc. They have left valuable wealth to the theatre.

The Beijing Peking Opera Theatre is also a home of contemporary elites. The gold prize winners of China Drama Plum Blossom Award, Mei Lanfang Award, and the National Peking Opera Competition have formed a major force of the theatre. Outstanding contemporary works of Chancellor Liu Luoguo (an opera of serialized performance), Symphonic Peking Opera Mei Lanfang, The Ode of the River Goddess and Yuan Chonghuan (newly-adapted historical operas) as well as studio-theater Peking Operas of Splashing Water before the Horse, Yan Xijiao and other excellent pieces have won awards in successive years in a variety of state-level competitions. These achievements represent the constant efforts made by the Beijing Peking Opera Theatre to reinvigorate Peking Opera and reach a new peak of the performing art of Peking opera.

In addition, the theatre is active in both the domestic and foreign stages. Till now they have left their footprints over all five continents and more than 50 countries and regions. The artists of the theatre have made significant contributions for bringing the national essence art to the world and taking an even more active part in international cultural exchanges.