(link corrected 2013-05-13)
I resume presenting this series of Beijing Opera showcases featuring famous female roles. The performers are generally younger and less well known, so there can be real surprises along the way. (Update 2013-04-21) The real surprise is how many mistakes I made in this post. Fortunately, Fern was there to correct me. Corrections forthcoming shortly!
Recorded on 2012-04-20 at the Chang’an Grand Theater in Beijing, China, the original title of these files are:
《CCTV空中剧院》 20120420 第五届青研班毕业汇报演出 京剧旦角经典折子戏专场 1/2
《CCTV空中剧院》 20120420 第五届青研班毕业汇报演出 京剧旦角经典折子戏专场 2/2
Fern provided the original download links and cast list on her web site here.
Part One of the video begins with 京剧《桃花村》 Peach Blossom Village – Chen Yuan (陈媛), Sun Lei (孙磊), Xu Peiwen (许佩文), Shao Hailong (邵海龙), Rui Zhenqi (芮振起); Ding Sheng (丁胜), Jia Zenghui (贾增辉).
Talented Sun Lei in a huadan role is the focus here playing a comedic servant, with a rather modern twist. She would be at ease in any kind of theatrical performance, I think, she’s fun to watch. It’s redundant to say a huadan is vivacious, because that’s the essence of the role, and in this case it is obvious. Emphasis is on movement and dialogue rather than singing.
京剧《红娘》 Hong Niang – Zhang Jiachun (张佳春), Song Xiaochuan (宋小川), Zi Rui (訾睿), Bi Xiaoyang (毕小洋); Wang Xi (王曦), Wang Jihui (王继辉)
Graduate of the Fifth class (2009-2012) of Outstanding Young Jingju Performers, Zhang Jiaochun sounds Mei school to me. Her partner Song Xiaochuan is, of course, another Zhang’s regular partner. Every time there is a close-up, there is a different embroidery to marvel at on her costume.
Part Two of the video begins with 京剧《红楼二尤》The Two You Sisters of the Red Chamber – Chen Jing (陈静), Du Zhe (杜喆), Tan Yuan (谈元), Zhang Bing (张兵), Zhang Zexin (张泽心), Zhang Xueyan (张雪岩), Jin Zhiqi (靳智棋); Wang Xi (王曦), Wang Jihui (王继辉)
京剧《百花赠剑》 Princess Baihua Gifting a Sword – Chen Yang (陈阳), Zhang Bing (张兵), Yang Yanan (杨亚男); Shi Desheng (石德胜), Ma Jun (马军)
京剧《对花枪》 The Matching Spears – Guo Yaoyao (郭瑶瑶), Feng Guanbo (冯冠博), Ma Lei (马磊), Guo Mingyue (郭明月); Li Zhonghua (李中华), Gao Junhao (高俊浩)
Look out! Female warrior!
Download Part One of the video here
Download Part Two of the video here