Sun 6 Apr 2014
Mentioned by Fern on her “download it yourself” web page here, this very well recorded opera stands out among the many recent videos viewed.
Recorded on 2014-01-06 at the Chang’an Grand Theater in Beijing, it features Zhan Lei 詹磊, Zheng Xiao 郑潇, Zhang Kai 张凯, Shen Wenli 沈文莉, Zhang Yun 张云, and Peng Xiaoliang 彭晓亮.
A search on this web site helped me remember we saw Zheng Xiao briefly before here, and that she is a Mei school actress.
The story, borrowed in part from here, and most fortunately filled in by Fern is as follows:
In the first half of the opera, Zhan Lei plays the brave soldier in white kao, called Luo Tong 罗通, who finally gets killed by enemy soldier Wang Bochao 王伯超 ( in the “large derrière” checkered costume). During the Tang dynasty enemies from the North, lead by general Su Baotong 苏宝童 (black kao) invade China. Li Shimin (played by Zhang Kai) orders Qin Huaiyu 秦怀玉 (Qin Qiong’s son) to launch a military campaign, and Luo Tong and his father Luo Zhang are the vanguard party. They reach the Jiepai Pass and there’s a big battle, Su gets wounded. Wang Bochao fights Luo Tong, and finally manages to badly wound him in the gut. Luo Tong wraps his intestines around his waist and fights to the last. (Here’s that same scene played by Zhan Lei: http://megapoxy.net/wordpress/?p=6686).
The original file names were:
《CCTV空中剧院》 20140326 京剧《秦英征西》 1/2
《CCTV空中剧院》 20140326 京剧《秦英征西》 2/2