CGTN published this video item, entitled “Live: Behind the scenes of Peking Opera ‘The Phoenix Returns Home'” – below is their description.
The Peking Opera “The Phoenix Returns Home” will be staged in Taizhou, east China’s Jiangsu Province, where is the hometown of Mei Lanfang, a notable Peking Opera artist in modern Chinese theater. Join CGTN for the performance and a trip backstage.
The Phoenix Returns Home is a romantic farce. It was first performed by Peking Opera master Mei Lanfang in 1929 and is now one of the most popular Peking Operas. It tells the humorous story of a senior court minister who retires and returns to his hometown with his two daughters. The elder daughter, Xueyan, is a plain and ordinary woman, while the younger one is beautiful and elegant. The opera is a tale of love, manipulation and mistaken identity. #NihaoPekingOperaCGTN YouTube Channel
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