Product: New Edition Yue (Shaoxing) Opera Peony Pavilion (Mu Dan Ting)
Starring: Li Peijie, Ma Yangyang, Liao Qiying, Chen Xiaoyun
Performed by Zhejiang Yue Opera Troupe
Published by Zhejiang Literary Audio-Visual Publishing House, 2006
Media: 1 DVD
This new edition shaoxing opera adapted from Chinese classic drama Peony Pavilion, Performed by Zhejiang Yue Opera Troupe.
The Peony Pavilion is a representative work by the outstanding Chinese dramatist Tang Xianzu of the 16th century. The work, through the romantic love story between Du Liniang and Liu Mengmei, reflects the persistent aspiration for free love and exposes the evil of the feudal ethics. Du Liniang has a dream in which she meets a young scholar and promises to marry him. When she wakes up, she yearns for her lover and falls ill; after a while she dies of lovesickness. The young scholar in her dream was Liu Mengmei, who later made his way to the capital to take the imperial examination. He meets Du Liniang's soul in Plum in Blossom Nunnery and agrees to help her return to life by reuniting her soul with her body. They are successful and live happily ever after.
With its complicated plot and magnificent structure, The Peony Pavilion in 55 scenes is particularly known for its excellent character portrayals. Its 160 odd characters provide a panoramic picture of social life in the Ming Dynasty. The work is renowned for its beautiful verses, in which "Travelling in the Garden," "The Dream Interrupted," and "Searching for the Dream" are regarded masterpieces of music and craft. It has much influence on the development of drama in China in later days. It said that the Peony Pavilion was first performed in 1598 at the Pavilion of Prince Teng. One of Tang's "Four Dreams", it has traditionally been performed as a Kunqu opera.