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Spring Festival Fest of Peking Opera and Kunqu Opera Classics - Peking Opera: Yang Yanhui Visits His Mother

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Spring Festival Fest of Peking Opera and Kunqu Opera Classics - Peking Opera: Yang Yanhui Visits His Mother
Spring Festival Fest of Peking Opera and Kunqu Opera Classics - Peking Opera: Yang Yanhui Visits His Mother

Presenter: Beijing Peking Opera Theatre

Venue: Theatre

Dates: Feb. 06, 2011 19:30

Price: VIP 480 400 320 200 120 RMB

Programme Introduction

Peking Opera Yang Yanhui Visits His Mother, also called Sipan Mountain or The North Heaven Gate, is a famous classic traditional opera. Besides the Peking Opera version, it appears with the same name in other opera types such as Qinqiang, Meihu, Shanxi Opera, Sichuan Opera, Qi Opera and Hebei Bangzi, etc.

Based on the story of warriors of the Yang Family in the Song Dynasty, it is different from the novel The Legend of the Yang Family in term of plot setting. In the novel, Yang Yanhui, the fourth son of the Yang Family, is caught by the Liao Army in a battle and then he surrendered to Liao, waiting for a chance of revenge. However, the Peking Opera intentionally focuses more on the love between family members than the atmosphere of war. The opera features precise structure, smooth plot and meticulous description of personal emotions, especially "love between people".

Synopsis

The story happens in the period of Northern Song Dynasty.

The Yang Army fights a battle with Liao Kingdom. Captain Yang Yanhui, the fourth son of the Yang Family, is arrested by Liao. He changes his name to Mu Yi, afterwards married Princess Tiejing and has lived in Liao for 15 years. One day, the upcoming battle between Northern Song and Liao stimulates Yang's thought of his mother, which is noticed by his wife, Princess Tiejing. He tells the truth and asks her to help him get out of the kingdom. Yang promises to come back the next day. The Princess cheates the Queen out of the arrow that could be used as a token of authority and gives it to her husband.

Yang Yanhui goes hurriedly toward the Song military camp. He is captured as a spy by Yang Zongbao and sent to the general's camp. There he meets his brother Yang Yanzhao, his mother Mrs. She and his previous wife. At dawn of the next day, for fear that his departure is discovered and brings danger to the Princess, Yang Yanhui determines to go back to the Liao Kingdom. When he comes back, the Queen gets the news that her son-in-law is the generation of her enemy and wants to kill him. The Princess beseeches the Queen for mercy and at last sets her husband free.

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.