Yu Kuizhi as Zhuge Liang
(Military Counselor of the Kingdom of Shu/ Lao Sheng – senior male role)
Yu Kuizhi is one of the most influential Peking opera artists in China today. He currently holds the position of Vice President and Artistic Director of the China National Peking Opera Company. Throughout his career, Yu Kuizhi has been continuously pursuing artistic refinement of his performance skills. He strictly adheres to constitutive traditions of the genre, while at the same time he strives for innovative development. Yu’s repertoire includes classical works like Heroes of the Yang Family, Silang Visits His Mother, Suicide with a Golden Brick, The Boar Forest, General and Minister are Reconciled and The Whole River Red, new historical works like The Royal Consort of the Tang Dynasty, Yuan Chonghuan, Up and Down of Apricot Flag, Mei Lanfang, Walk towards the West Joint, and Soulmates, as well as NCPA’s brand-new epic Peking opera Red Cliff.
Li Shengsu as Xiao Qiao
(Zhou Yu's Wife/ Dan – female role)
Li Shengsu is a renowned Peking opera artist. She is the head of China National Peking Opera Company’s Troupe No.1. Li fascinates with her elaborate singing and martial arts skills. Her graceful though natural stage appearance is topped by a great attention to detail. Li Shengsu’s repertoire includes classical works like Drunken Beauty, Farewell My Concubine, Mu Guiying Takes Command, Madame White Snake, Xie Yaohuan, and The Tale under the Willow Shade. She has been further engaged in performances of new historical works like Walk Towards the West Joint, Soulmates, and the brand-new Peking opera epic Red Cliff.
Throughout her career she has been following the acting tradition of Peking opera master Mei Lanfang: moderate and calm, restrained and subtle. Besides, she adheres to her own intuition and restrains from imitating performing styles. By doing so, Li has achieved high recognition for her unique style. Li Shengsu is claimed to be the most gifted and glorious successor of the school of Mei.
Zhang Jianfeng as Zhuge Liang
(Military Counselor of the Kingdom of Shu/ Lao Sheng – senior male role)
Zhang Jianfeng is member of the ensemble of the Peking Opera Theatre. He is a second generation disciple of the School of Xi (Xiaobao) and graduated from the post-graduate master class for young performers at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts. In 2000, Zhang became a student of Ouyang Zhongshi, who is a direct disciple of Xi Xiaobao. Zhang has studied under such masters as Li Baozhang, Zhang Rongpei, Wang Shixu, and Chen Zhiqing. His singing is formidable, his looks handsome and he moves on stage with grace and elegance.
Zhang Jianfeng’s repertoire includes: Baidi City, Silang Visits his Mother, Red-bristle Horse, Loosing the Jieting Pass, Ruse of Empty City, Execution of General Ma Su, Battle of Taiping, and Reviling Cao Cao While beating a Drum, among others.
In 2005, Zhang won the gold award of CCTV’s National TV Competition for Young Peking Opera Performers.
Dou Xiaoxuan as Xiao Qiao
(Zhou Yu's Wife /Dan - female role)
Dou Xuan is an acclaimed Dan performer, following the principles of the Mei School. She is part of the ensemble of the Peking Opera Theatre. Dou has studied under the instruction of great Peking opera masters, such as Li Huifang, Meng Xianrong, Liu Xiurong, Li Weikang, Wang Zhiyi, and Guan Jinglan. In 2007, she became a student of Du Jinfang, a highly established Peking opera performer and artist.
Dou Xuan’s repertoire includes: Madame White Snake, Xi Shi, The Drunken Beauty, Xie Yaohuan, A Young Pheonix Flying High, and The Three Beatings of Tao Sanchun. She has been awarded with the Silver Prize at the 6th CCTV Peking Opera Competition, where she starred in the piece Six Chapters of a Floating Life, which won the “Outstanding Program Award” in the 11th China Drama Festival.
Wang Yue as Cao Cao
(Prime Minister of the Eastern Han Dynasty and Founder of the Kingdom of Wei/ Jing - painted face male role)
Wang Yue is an outstanding young performer of Shanxi Peking opera House. He was admitted into Hebei Art School in 1991 and appointed to work for Shanxi Peking Opera House in 1997. He majored in performance of the Jing role. Wang’s repertoire includes, among others, Execution of a Royal Member, Town of Chisang, Li Kui Visits His Mother, Five Dragon Subdued, and Scout the Royal Mausoleum. He won the Screen Award and was a finalist in CCTV’s 5th National TV Competition for Young Peking Opera Performers in 2005.
Li Hongtu as Zhou Yu
(Senior General of the Kingdom of Wu/ Xiao Sheng – young male role)
Li Hongtu is one of the most esteemed Peking Opera performers today. He is an acclaimed Xiao Sheng of the Ye School. Li is the director and principle performer of Peking Opera Theatre’s Mei Lanfang Peking Opera Troupe. As graduate of the post-graduate master class of young performers at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, he gained the title of Outstanding Expert by the Ministry of Culture and was granted special government allowance by the State Council. Li startles as extremely gifted and handsome performer with his natural and engaging stage appearance. His voice is mesmerizingly resonant, bright and beautiful. Li is widely recognized as one of the best Xiao Sheng disciples of the Ye School. With highly elaborate singing and martial arts skills, his acting strictly adheres to the tradition of the Ye school. Li Hongtu has been honored with several awards throughout his career, including the Best Performance Award in the National Young Peking Opera Performers Competition and the Chinese Drama Plum Blossom Award.
Playwright: Cai Fuchao
Chief Director: Zhang Jigang
Zhang Jigang is a highly acclaimed Chinese contemporary choreographer, director and educator. Among others he holds the positions of President of the P.L.A. Academy of Art, Vice Chairman of Chinese Dancers’ Association and Chairman of China Special Art Committee. Zhang has made an appearance as deputy director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and chief executive director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Paralympic Games. Furthermore, Zhang acted as chief director for Road to Revival, a grand music and dance epic, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China.
Throughout his career, Zhang Jigang has directed over 70 large-scale national gala performances and produced more than 500 dance works, including Thousand-Hand Bodhisattva and Yellow Earth. His work further includes the dance dramas Wild Zebra and A Handful of Jujubes, the musical play White Lotus, the Peking opera Red Cliff, as well as large-scale music and dance shows such as My Dream, For Justice and Peace, Road to Revival and We are Together.
Zhang’s works have been performed in over 100 countries and regions, gaining him ten top awards in international competitions, and more than 50 gold prizes in China`.
Zhang Jigang is visiting professor at Peking University, Tsinghua University, National Defense University, and the China National Academy of Arts. He has given lectures all over China and in more than 20 countries all over the world. His publications – among them Zhang Jigang’s Ideas about Arts: Limitation is the Home for Talents – have gained him critical acclaim.
This is my first experience as a Peking opera director.
With utmost courage, I have turned to an art genre which is completely new to me.
However, once I am here, I find myself totally disarmed by its untold beauty.
Peking opera has no rivals in reality: the only opponents and foes exist in the dramatic world of a Peking opera.
In Peking opera, even the most compelling story will evolve with natural ease.
Dear audience, please use your ears, your eyes and - most importantly - your heart to enjoy and understand the Peking opera.
Welcome to the theatre! Watch and enjoy the fierce combat at Red Cliff!
Production Supervisor: Deng Yijiang
Deng Yijiang holds the position of Vice President and spokesman of NCPA. He is a council member of the China Dancers’ Association, Vice Chairman of the China Society for Musical Studies and former Deputy Director of Beijing Dance Academy. Deng has been involved in dance performance, choreographic work, and direction of several dance dramas, operas and large-scale gala events. His scripts and dance drama works have gained him more than 10 national awards.
Over the past years, Deng has followed many engagements as university professor and graduate student supervisor as well as conducted research in the related field.
Music and Aria Design: Zhu Shaoyu
Zhu Shaoyu is a nationally acclaimed composer and musician, specialized in traditional Chinese opera. He is a council member of the China Theatre Association and China Musicians’ Association. In his over 30 years’ involvement in musical creation he has proven highly successful merging music of the traditional Peking opera with traditional folk music, modern Western tunes and local opera. By creating numerous novel tunes as well as musical patterns he paid valuable contribution to the development of traditional Chinese opera. His works have gained him several national awards, including the Splendor Award, the Cultural Composition Award, Best Work Award, and the Works of Excellence on Nation’s Stage award.
Executive Stage Director: Shi Hongtu
Shi Hongtu is the former President of the Peking Opera Theatre, Deputy Secretary General of China Theatre Association and a renowned Peking opera director.
After his graduation from Beijing Theatre Academy – Shi majored in Peking opera performance - he got enrolled in the Directing Department of the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts. His work as a director includes among others: Ne Zhan (starring Pei Yanling), Mei Yun (starring Mei Baojiu), Commemoration of 1644, Turandot (in collaboration with Lin Zhaohua), Princess Floret (Kun Opera), Resounding in the Heaven (starring Pei Yanling). Shi has been granted numerous awards for his achievements as a stage director.
In 1977, Shi set off for Japan to study traditional Japanese drama – an experience reflected in his publication Theatre Experience in Japan and rounded off by an essay for the international seminar commemorating No master Zeami.
Director of Stage Design: Gao Guangjian
Gao Guangjian graduated from the Stage Design Department of the Central Academy of Drama in 1988. He found himself among the two winners of the 2nd Academy Award the same year. Gao’s work has been displayed at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (PQ) in 1999 and 2011 as well as at the World Stage Design, 2009 (WSD2009). The winner of several Splendor Awards for Stage Design of the Ministry of Culture has been invited to design the space for the Shenzhen Pavilion in the Urban Best Practices Area at the Expo 2010. Gao Guanjian currently holds the position of Stage Design Director at the NCPA.
His major works include:
Turandot (1997, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Florence, Italy; 1998, Imperial Ancestral Temple, Forbidden City, Beijing; 2008, NCPA, Beijing);
Rigoletto (1993), Boundless Prairie (1995), La Traviata (2001), Gamble of Life (2004), Magic Flute (2009), A Village Teacher (2009), Das Waisenkind (2011), dance drama Dunhuang My Dreamland (2000), A Love Story in the Imperial Garden Yuanming Yuan (2001), Marco Polo (2010), Red Cliff (2008).
Lighting Design: Wang Ruiguo
Wang Ruiguo graduated from the Stage Design Department of Shanghai Theatre Academy. He was appointed chief lighting designer for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and worked as lighting designer for numerous large-scale dance drama productions, including A Handful of Wild Jujubes and Peony Pavilion. His work has been praised with countless awards.
Costume Design: Song Li
Song Li is the costume designer of the Song and Dance Ensemble of the Political Department of the PLA. She has been engaged in numerous large-scale events, art performances and dance dramas. Song Li has been awarded countless prizes in the category “Best Costume Design” at various competitions in China.
Costume Design: Peng Dinghuang
Peng Dinghuang teaches costume design at the Stage Design Department of the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts. She has worked as costume designer on several productions, including among others: The Humpbacked Prime Minister Liu, Turandot, Princess Wencheng, Conquering the City of Lu, and Zheng He’s Journey to the West. Her work has gained her numerous important costume design awards.
Chief Producer: Chen Ping
Playwright: Cai Fuchao
Chief Director: Zhang Jigang
Composer: Zhu Shaoyu
Executive Director: Shi Hongtu
Director of Stage Design & Stage Art: Gao Guangjian
Costume Design: Song Li, Peng Dinghuang
Lighting Design: Wang Ruiguo, Zhang Zhuo
Conductor: Wang Yongji
Instruments: Yang Nailin, Xu Xiaoming, Wen Zhongjia, Wu Sheng
Supervisors: Li Enjie, Deng Yijiang
Producers: Li Zhixiang, Zhou Tielin
Executive Producer: Guan Bo
Production Coordinators: Zhu He, Li Ye
Production Assistant: Chen Wenjie, Liu Yi, Liu Ye, Ye Qing
Stage Design Assistants: Li Bin, Zhao Xiaoyu
Composition Assistant: Yuan Peng
Choreography: Chen Qing
Revival Choreography: Shang Junrui
Log Keeper: Lan Gongxin
Technical Direction Crew: Cai Xiaolong, Zhai Gang, Shen Jiaxin
Stage Technical Director: Guan Jianbo
Stage Manager: Li Qing, Xu Xiaogang, Chen Long
Stage Design Coordinator & Stage Technical Manager: Li Bin
Assistant Stage Design Coordinator: Zhou Lin
Stage Machine Coordinator: Rao Ziqing
Lighting Coordinator: Zhang Wenjiang
Lighting Operator: Zhang Zhuo
Lighting Technician: Zheng Yongfa
Costume Director: Peng Zhonglin
Costume Coordinators: Ning Fangguo, Shun Haisong
Costume Manager: Yu He, Guo Chunhui, Zhang Chengli
Sound Coordinator: Wang Bin
Sound Effects: Wang Lei
Sound Operators: Rong Hua, Li Jin
Prop Managers: Zuo Weichen, Zhang Lipei
Scene Painting: Li Ming
Mould Making: Yuan Wenbin
Helmet: Liu Xueli, Xu Lin, Ying Yutian, Wang Fuyong
Sanyi: Gu Quanfu
Make-up: Dong Shihua, Gao Yiwei
Stage Crew: Zou Chunlai, Zhang Xinguo, Hu Qiongjian, He Changgui, Jiang Heng, Cheng Hainan, Li Liang, Dong Li
Subtitle: Ma Tao
Publicity Coordinators: Zhu Jing, Ren Yi, Wu Wenting, Wen Tianyi
Publicity Design: Li Xiaofan, Bai Yang
Translation Service: Guo Xiaoli, Suo Ying, Liu Jing, Cui Zheng, Li Yaqing, Han Jingjing
Documentary: Gao Hong, Wang Xiaoshuang
Zhuge Liang Yu Kuizhi, Zhang Jianfeng |
Cao Cao Wang Yue |
Zhou Yu Li Hongtu
Xiao Qiao Li Shengsu, Dou Xiaoxuan |
Sun Quan Chen Junjie |
Lu Su Du Zhe
Zhang Zhao Zhu Qiang |
Yu Fan Huang Boxue |
Bu Zhi Huang Yanzhong
Xue Zong Zhang Kai |
Emperor Su Congfa |
Huang Gai Meng Xianteng
Sung Shangxiang Zhang Shujing |
Mei Xiang Chen Zhang Xia |
Curtain Zhang Xuran
Straw-man Cao Yangyang
Theme Song: Wang Yige
Dancers, generals of Wu's and Cao's troops, women folks, imperial concubines, soldiers, and common people are played by performers of Peking Opera Theatre
Peking Opera Orchestra:
Su Guangzhong (first-grade performer)
Jin Huiwu (first-grade performer)
Zhang Shunxiang (first-grade performer)
Wang Fulong (first-grade performer)
Erhu: Zhen Ruifen
Yueqin: Li Xuejuan
Bandore: Ai Zaosheng
Dayuan: Jiang Qi
Zhongyuang: Ding Rui
Sheng: Nie Yunlei
Pipa: Zhao Xin
Percussion: Wang Haijun, Sun Yu, Wang Songhai, Wang Wei
Suona: Sun Yungang
Zheng: Shang Jingya
Bass Drum: Hu Qiuyue
Double-Bass: Liu Qihan
Peking Opera Stage Crew:
Peng Zhonglin, Sun Haisong, Yu He, Guo Chunhui, Zhang Chengli, Liu Xueli, Xu Lin, Ying Yutian, Zhao Shuangxi, Dong Shihua, Gao Yiwei, Zhang Lipei, Gui Quanfu,Wang Fuyong
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