Opera

March 21, 2009 – A Joyous Wedding
紅鸞喜

Joyous Wedding is a comedy filled with mistaken identities, misunderstanding and confusion. In the Kingdom of Jin were two princes, one ugly and one handsome. There were also two sisters, the beautiful Hung-luan and the ugly Hung-lin. On one New Year Eve’s night, General Liu Long-ching lost fifty thousand taels of silver which belonged to the public coffer. Unwillingly, he sent his sister, Hung-luan, to Prince Weng for a loan.

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April 1, 2000 – The Yang’s Family
楊門女將

宋朝仁宗年间,西夏王举兵侵犯宋朝边境。镇守边关的宋朝元帅杨宗保率兵抗敌,在绝谷——葫芦谷探道时,中暗箭阵亡。情势紧急,孟良之子怀源和焦赞之子廷贵回朝求援。焦、孟二将回至天波府,年满百岁的佘太君正为孙儿宗保50寿辰设宴庆贺。噩耗传来,举家悲痛,朝廷震惊,欲割地求和。佘太君抑制悲痛、率孀居的儿媳、孙媳和重孙文广,慷慨激昂地驳斥了朝廷主和派的谬论。余太君凛然挂帅,率领杨门女将奔赴边关,抗敌救国。年轻的杨文广力请随军出征,母亲穆桂英也愿儿子上阵杀敌,只是祖母柴郡主担心杨家只此一子,不准前去。余太君令穆桂英母子校场比武,以定去留。结果,在穆桂英的暗让及七夫人的授意下,杨文广用梅花枪战胜了母亲,得以随军来到边关。阵前,西夏王大败,退至老营,凭借天险顽守,并设计欲将杨文广诓进绝谷,借以威胁杨家。其计被佘太君、穆桂英识破。他们根据杨宗保生前绝谷探道的遗言和马僮张彪的陈述,证实绝谷内确有栈道,可以飞越天险,奇袭敌营。穆桂英请求将计就计闯进谷去。佘太君将杨宗保的白龙马赐予杨文广,以壮其行。穆桂英母子、七夫人等闯进绝谷后,踏遍群峰,历尽艰险,几经波折,终于在识途老马的引导和谷内采药老人的帮助下攀上栈道。这时,西夏王已将谷口围住,威胁佘太君,若不献出边关,即将纵火焚谷。太君不为所动。这时,忽见敌营大火冲天,这是穆桂英等渡过天险的信号,佘太君率兵猛冲敌营,里外夹攻,一举歼灭了西夏兵将。  

April 20, 2002 – The Heavenly Match
天仙配

主要讲述了美丽善良的七仙女爱上了朴实憨厚的青年董永,私自从天庭下到凡尘,冲破重重阻挠与董永结为夫妻,玉皇大帝得知怒不可遏,命令七仙女立刻返回天庭,七仙女为了不使董永受到伤害,只好忍住悲痛,在槐荫树下与董永泣别的故事

March 12, 2005 – The Fairy of the Emerald Green Lake
碧波仙子

At the Emerald Green Lake is a romantic fairy tale.

A poor scholar, Jeung Jan, had been betrothed to Peony, the Prime Minister’s daughter. The Prime Minister was not happy with the pre-arranged betrothal and was hoping to find some excuses to dissolve the engagement.

The Prime Minister sent Jeung to live in a hut […]

June 2, 2006 – Princess Cheung Ping
帝女花

Set in the last days of the Ming dynasty, when the rebel armies of Li Zi Cheng began entering Beijing in the spring of 1644, Emperor Chong Zhen ordered his Empresses and consorts to commit suicide rather than be captured and humiliated by the rebel troops. The emperor attempted to stab Princess Chang Ping but […]

July 14, 2007 – The Reunion at the Moon Pavilion《br》雙仙拜月亭

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 […]

June 28, 2008 – The Romance of the Phoenix Chamber <鳳閣恩仇未了情

It was written in the 1960s and has become a classic of the Cantonese opera repertoire in Hong Kong. Though it lacks the refinement of the operas of the renowned Cantonese dramatist, Tong Dig-seng , it is just as popular as “Princess Ceng-ping”. Its uniqueness lies in some innovations that break the mold of most […]

March 24, 2007 – The Peony Pavilion
牡丹亭驚夢

The Peony Pavilion, written by Tang Xianzu in 1598, was the most popular play of its day. Its celebration of love gave it a near-cult status. Tong Dik Saang, a renowned Cantonese opera dramatist, adapted this classic play in 1956. Since then The Peony Pavilion has been one of the four most well-known Cantonese operas […]

July 15, 2014 – The Peony Pavilion
牡丹亭驚夢

The Peony Pavilion, written by Tang Xianzu in 1598, was the most popular play of its day. Its celebration of love gave it a near-cult status. Tong Dik Saang, a renowned Cantonese opera dramatist, adapted this classic play in 1956. Since then The Peony Pavilion has been one of the four most well-known Cantonese operas […]