Project Description

The setting of the opera is the end of the Sung Dynasty at Beijing. Wong Sui-lan, the daughter of the prime minister, Wong Zen, has lost her mother while they are fleeing the capital. She meets Zeng Sei-lung who is looking for his sister, Sui-lin, whose name sounds only slightly different from Sui-lan’s. As a helpless female, Sui-lan begs Sei-lung to take her along with him for protection. He pities her and agrees. They go through a lot of hardships and realize how much they care for each other. Finally they fall in love. Without the permission of their parents or an introduction by a go-between, they marry amidst the horror of war. Unfortunately, their “marriage” is not considered binding according to the norm of a traditional society. When Sui-lan’s father finds her, he forces her to leave Sei-lung, a poor scholar. Despite their protests, the lovers are forced apart. When Sei-lung tries to look for her, in order to extinguish Sei-lung’s hope, Wong Zen makes up a lie and tells him Sui-lan has suddenly died of sickness. Heart-broken, Sei-lung tries to drown himself but is saved instead. He ends up being adopted by a powerful family and later becomes a high court official.

Meanwhile, Wong Zen arranges to have Sui-lan betrothed to a son from a powerful family, but she refuses to remarry, so the father then tells her of Sei-lung’s drowning. Sui-lan goes to the Moon Pavilion to mourn for her beloved’s death while Sei-lung coincidentally goes there to reminisce about the time they have spent together. While she is there, they meet. Like the ending of most comedies, finally all obstacles disappear and the two lovers get married.

宋朝時候兵荒馬亂,瑞蘭與家人失散,其後得遇書生蔣世隆才得免於難;然而世隆亦與其妹瑞蓮散,巧遇瑞蘭後,兩人遂結伴而行,抵達廣陽鎮、投靠好友秦福興,瑞蘭感恩與世隆結為夫婦

時瑞蘭之父王尚書榮陞相國,當返回京師途中,在廣陽鎮遇見瑞蘭,得知女兒有婿,但王父嫌棄世隆一介布衣,於是敕令二人分離更強迫瑞蘭歸家候配他人。王父更向世隆訛言瑞蘭抱病而亡,世隆感生無可戀決定抱石投江。

世隆幸為卞夫人所救;更於科試中獨佔鼇頭,王相國更欲招贅新科狀元,但女兒堅決抗婚;世隆亦拒為嬌客;二人分別哭靈於玄妙觀的拜月亭、最後二人得以重會、一如雙仙之復合。