Product: New Edition Yue (Shaoxing) Opera Dream of Red Mansions
Starring: Qian Huili, Shan Yangping
Performed by Shanghai Great Theatre
Published by Shanghai Audio-Visual Publishing House, 2000
Media: 1 DVD
Yueju Hong Lou Meng, Yue Opera Dream of Red Mansions
This disc records the live performance of the new edition Yue Opera A Dream of Red Mansions in Shanghai Great Theatre.
Hong Lou Meng, translated as A Dream of Red Mansions, sometimes translated as the Dream of the Red Chamber, is originally the great classical Chinese novel written in the mid-eighteenth century during the reign of Emperor Chien-lung of the Qing Dynasty, has been widely popular throughout the last two hundred years and more. It is said being a story engraved on a stone. Legend has it that one day two immortals pass by a huge wild mountain, taking to the world a stone, which is the one of stones left by Goddess Nu Wa who is used them to patch up the heaven. The two immortals have experienced all the vicissitudes of life.
A DREAM OF RED MANSIONS is known to every household in China. It tells the social life of many periods in the Qing Dynasty and portrays successfully a group of innocent and lovely girls suffering under the debris of a male-centered feudal society.
The play usually begins with the mother-less child, Lin Daiyu - whose beauty and intelligence surpasses all - moving into her maternal grandmother's family in the capital. There, the child meets numerous relatives, one of whom is Jia Baoyu, her mother's nephew, and the heir of the family. Baoyu was borne with a jade tablet and so, is treated like a fragile egg, and is spoiled by his grandmother. He often spends his time with his female cousins and maids instead of being in his studies. One of the cousins he hangs around with is Xue Baochai.
As the story goes on, Baoyu and Daiyu eventually fall in love with each other, but Daiyu is not very well-liked by the family, and instead, the family members favor Baochai.
In this disc or new edition Yue Opera Dream of Red Mansions famous yue opera actress Qian Huili plays Jia Baoyu, and Shan Yangping plays Lin Daiyu. It is so called the new edition of yue opera Dream of Red Mansions, in comparison with the classical drama film Dream of Red Mansions performed by Xu Yulan and Wang Wenjuan in 1960's, keeping down all scenes of the movie but adding more acts such as Imperial Concubine Yuan Goes Home for Mothering ("Yuan Fei Xing Qin") and Dreamland of Taixu ("Tai Xu Huan Jing").