Beijing Opera Riverside Pavilion
Performed by Zhang Junqiu
Medium: 2 VCD disks
Published by Audio-Visual Department of Beijing Film, 1999
A famous Peking Opera play, a repertoire of the Zhang style, tells a story of the Song Dynasty: a young bright widow Tan Ji Er met a scholar Bai Shi Zhong and make a love with him when he was going to his post in Tan Zhou. Later Mr Bai went to jail because of a false accusation by the son of a high level officer who intended to occupy his wife. Mrs Tan managed to save her husband. Finally they reunited.
Zhang Junqiu (1920 -1997) was a renown Peking Opera artist. He is a famous Qing Yi role actor. His style is recognized as Zhang school of Beijing opera. He was honored the number one of the Four Junior Great Female Role Players. Zhang is remembered for his excellent performance and his efforts made in inheriting and developing the quintessence of traditional Chinese opera.
Zhang Junqiu began learning drama at the age of 13 and his debut at the age of 15. He has prevented some Peking Opera plays from being lost by performing 120 items in various schools. He also trained a group of youngsters for the art as well. Zhang traveled to Hong Kong and Macao to perform in 1963. He had been professor and vice president of China Traditional Opera Institute since 1979. Zhang Junqiu won the Lifelong Artistic Achievement Prize awarded by the Sino-US Art Association in US and New York Lincoln Art Center in 1990.
His voice was sweet. loud and clear, and his appearance graceful and handsome. He had a repertoire of Riverside Pavilion, the West Chamber, Leifeng Tower, Lady Qin Xianglian, Meeting by Poem, the Story of Su San, and so on.