Synopsis of Lady Xun Guan
Lady Xun Guan was a native of Yingchuan (present-day Linying in Henan) of the Western Han Dynasty. The daughter of Prefect of Xiangyang Xun Song, she showed extraordinary courage in her early teens. When Du Zeng rebelled and laid siege to the city of Xiangyang, Xun Song, having not enough soldiers to defend the city and running out of food, couldn't think out a way to fight the rebels off. Lady Xun Guan, thirteen years old, proposed breaking out in the night to seek reinforcements. After a failed attempt, she disguised herself as a male and successfully got out of the city. She successfully persuaded Zhou Fang to send in troops, resulting in a crushing defeat of Du Zeng. Afterwards she married Zhou Fu of Jingzhou.
Lady Xun Guan……Tang Hexiang
Xun Chang……Lv Kunshan
Xun Song……Huang Jia
Zhou Fang……Gu Qian
Du Zeng……Ma Along
Zhou Fu……Hao Shipeng
Shi Lan……Zhu Lingyu
Tao Kan……Sha Hao
Horse boy …… Wang Hao
Lan Xin……Bai Weichen
Liu Muding……Liu Jia
Revival Art Director: Sun Yumin
Revival Director: Xun Hao
Art Advisor: Li Li, Huang Shaohua
Playwright: Tang Hexiang
Vocal Arrangement: Qiu Xiaobo
Music Design: Li Jinping
Costume: Jiang Lianqi
Props Design: Li Jiyong
Stage Design: Yu Yuegang
Stylist: Mao Baohua Wang Fan
Lighting Design: Li Fushun
Senior Producers: Yu Kuizhi, Chen Ying
监制：张建国 李金平 徐畅
Executive Producer: Zhang Jianguo Li Jinping Xu Chang
Stage Design Supervisor: Yu Yuegang
技 导 组：韩宇 张森
Technical Advisers: Han Yu, Zhang Sen
Performance Coordinators: Yang Junfeng, Bai Yunfei
Publicity Coordinators: Zhou Wenhui, Zhao Yu
Musicians: Ni Nan
Stage Director: Tian Yonggang
Stage Managers: Han Yu Zhao Zhiqiang
Stage Personnel: Li Bonan
Scrip Supervisor: Guo Yizhu
Accompanied by: Orchestra of the Third Troupe of China National Peking Opera Company
Choreography: Choreography Center of China National Peking Opera Company
Sun Yumin (Revival Art Director)
著名京剧表演艺术家，现为全国政协委员、中国剧协理事、市作协会员、北京戏曲艺术职业学院名誉院长、北京戏曲艺术教育基金会会长、北京市京剧昆曲振兴协会会长等。拜京剧大师荀慧生先生为师。保留剧目及创作剧目：《红娘》、《玉堂春》、《红楼二尤》、《勘玉钏》、《霍小玉》、《杜十娘》、《荀灌娘》、《一代贤后》、《宋宫奇冤》、《痴梦》、《金玉奴》等二十几出。曾荣获全国戏剧梅花奖、首届梅兰芳金奖、白玉兰奖、中国金唱片奖、市表演优秀奖、特殊艺术奖、及美国佛州颁发的“亚洲最佳艺人终生成就奖”、获第二批“中国京剧非物质口头文化遗产传承人之一”，并被评为“全国三八红旗手”、“全国文化系统先进个人”、 “全国劳动模范”等多个奖项。 著作有：《含泪的笑》、《孙毓敏谈艺录》、《我的两辈子》《孙毓敏唱腔伴奏曲谱集》、《梨园漫记》、《孙毓敏研究文集》《我的人生感悟》、《孙毓敏杂文集锦一》、《孙毓敏杂文集锦二》等。
Sun Yumin is a famous Peking opera artist and now holds such posts as a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, a member of the China Theatre Association, a member of the Beijing Writers' Association, Emeritus President of Beijing Opera Arts College, Chairman of the Beijing Foundation of Opera Art Education, and Chairman of the Beijing Association for Revival of Peking Opera and Kun Opera. He trained under Peking opera master Mr. Xun Hui. His repertoire and opera works, more than 20 in number, include Hong Niang, Yu Tang Chun, You Sisters of the Red Chamber, Tale of Jade Bracelets, Huo Xiaoyu, Du Shiniang, Lady Xun Guan, Empress of Virtue, Appalling Injustice in the Song Palace, Fond Dream, and Jin Yunu. She has won multiple awards and honors, including the Plum Blossom Prize, the First Mei Lanfang Gold Medal, the Magnolia Award, the China Gold Record Award, the Municipal Award for Excellent Performance, the Special Award of Art, the Lifetime Achievement Award for Best Asian Artist presented by Florida, One of the Second-cohort Artists for the Continuation of Chinese Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Peking Opera, National March 8th Red-Banner Pacesetter, the Exemplary Individual in National Culture System, and the National Model Worker. Her writings include Tearful Smiles, A Record of Talks on Art by Sun Yumin, My Two Lives, A Collection of Accompanying Scores for Sun Yumin's Repertoire, A Miscellany of Pear Garden, A Collection of Research Papers by Sun Yumin, My Reflection on Life, Collected Essays of Sun Yumin (Part I), and Collected Essays of Sun Yumin (Part II).
Xun Hao (Revival Director)
Xun Hao is the eldest grandson of Mr. Xun Huisheng, one of the "Four Great Dan-role Performers". His father was Xun Lingxiang, former president of the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts. After graduating from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts where he had trained in the main martial role, Xun worked for the National Peking Opera Theater of China (the China National Peking Opera Company today) as a choreographer-director. Peking operas he co-created include Keep the Red Flag Flying, The Legend of the Red Lantern, The Warfare on the Plain, Red Detachment of Women, Butterfly's Attachment to Flowers, Havoc in Heaven, Madame White Snake, The Red Lantern, Li Qingzhao, Wang Zhaojun, Eight Immortals Cross the Sea, The Beauty of the Luo River, Phoenix-headed Hairpin, Fu Sheng and Lady Xun Guan among others. After the 1980s he worked as director for such film and TV works as Journey to the West, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Xun Huisheng, The Soong Sisters, and the animated Three Kingdoms.
Tang Hexiang is a national first-grade stage performer specializing in the Huadan role, and a member of the Youth Federation of the Ministry of Culture. He graduated from the China Postgraduate Program for Young Performers of Peking Opera and from the 1st Peking Opera Schools Program for Outstanding Performers. He was taught by Yu YuHeng, Li Jinhong, Du Jinfang, Liu Xiurong, Xie Ruiqing et al., and began training under the famous Peking opera artist Sun Yumin in 2006. He participated in the Preserving the Essence of China’s Beijing Opera Project, playing a part in famous Peking opera artist Du Jinfang's operas She Saihua, Peach Flower Village, and Thirteenth Sister. He was once given a "Golden Prize" of National TV Contest of Young Peking Opera Performers, as well as the title of "Outstanding Young Performer" by the Ministry of Culture. His repertoire includes Jin Yunu, Hong Niang, You Sisters of the Red Chamber, Tale of Jade Bracelets, Du Shiniang, Fond Dream, Lady Xun Guan, Mu Kezhai, Peach Flower Village, Thirteenth Sister, She Saihua, Zhaojun Going beyond the Frontier among others.
Lv Kunshan is a first-grade stage performer and specializes in the wenchou role (a type of comedian). A graduate from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, Lv acknowledged Wang Ronghan, Xiao Shengxuan, Guo Yuanxiang and Kou Chunhua as his teachers. He won Outstanding Performance Award of the First National Television Contest of Young Peking Opera Performers New Repertoire Performance Award for Individuals of Performing Troupes of Young Performers by the Ministry of Culture and Outstanding Performance Award for Comedians of the National Television Contest of Peking Opera Performance. His repertoire includes The Reunion in the Graveyard, Chuncao the Brave Maidservant, On the Qiujiang River, The Wedding Rites and The Officialdom.
Huang Jia is a promising young performer of China National Peking Opera Company and specializes in the male laosheng (old gentlemen) role. A graduate from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, Huang acknowledged Zhang Zhifu, Yin Yuejiao, Zhao Deyi, Chen Zengkun, Li Wencai, Li Fuchun, Du Peng, Li Jinsheng and Zhu Bingqian as his teachers. He formally acknowledged Zhang Jianguo who is a renowned Peking Opera performer as his teacher in 2009. Huang won in 2012 Copper Award of the Seventh CCTV National Television Contest of Young Peking Opera Performers. His repertoire includes The Tragedy of the Yao Family, The Legend of Black Clay Basin, Cao Cao on the Run, In the Dragon-phoenix Pavilion, The Love Story of Xue Pinggui and Wang Baochuan and Pearl-curtain Village.
Gu Qian is a first-grade stage performer of China National Peking Opera Company and specializes in the male tongchui and jiazi painted-face roles. A graduate from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, Gu acknowledged Zhao Rongxin, Ma Mingjun, Luo Ronggui, Chen Zhenzhi, Zhang Guanzheng and Xia Yunlong as his teachers. He formally acknowledged Shang Changrong who is a renowned Peking Opera performer as his teacher in 2006. Gu won New Repertoire Performance Award for Individuals of Performing Troupes of Young Performers by the Ministry of Culture and Outstanding Performance Award of the Repertoire by Performing Art Troupes. His repertoire includes Reconciliation of the General and the Prime Minister, Fan Jin the New Successful Candidate, The Chinese Orphan, Lu Wenlong, Farewell, My Concubine, A Visit by Li Kui to His Mother, The Capture of Luoyang, Shajia River, Su Gengtian the Village Teacher and Seven Captures and Releases of Meng Huo and Azalea Mountain.
Ma A’long is a promising young performer and specializes in the male jiazi painted-face role. A graduate from the Secondary School Affiliated to the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, Ma acknowledged He Jinlong, Zhao Jingxuan, Wang Defu, Ma Jianhua, Zhang Lianxiang, Chen Zhenzhi, Jing Rongqing and Li Rongwei as his teachers. His repertoire includes Xie Brothers’ Tiger-hunting Adventure, Wild Boar Forest, Three Attacks on the Zhu Village, A Lawsuit between Wei Hu and Xue Pinggui, A Visit by Li Kui to His Mother, The Legend of the Red Lantern, Reconciliation of the General and the Prime Minister, The Death of Bai Yutang, Lady She’s Refusal and Struggle and Lady Anguo.
Hao Shipeng is a national second-grade stage performer specializing in the Xiaosheng role. He graduated from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, instructed by Bi Gaoxiu, Liu Xuetao, Liu Fusheng, Ru Shaoquan, Shen Shihua, Xiao Runde, Yu Wanzeng et al., and began training under the famous Peking opera artist Zhang Chunxiao in 2011. He was once given the second prize of excellent performance at the "Talent in a Flourishing Age" show, as well as a "Silver Prize" of the National TV Contest of Young Peking Opera Performers. His repertoire includes Law Shing at the Gate, Gek Teng Chun, Riverside Pavilion, Mu Guiying Defends Hongzhou, Mistakes in the Flower Field, Yinkong Mountain, Hong Niang and Soybean Juice among others.
Sha Hao is an outstanding young stage performer specializing in the Laosheng role. He graduated from National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, training under Yang Ruzhen, Li Jinsheng, Chen Zengkun, Li Fuchun, Li Chongshan, Ye Peng, Zhu Bingqian and other opera artists. His repertoire includes Stepmother Admonishes the Son, Black Dragon Court, Pavilion of Breeze, Nanyang Pass, The Red Mark, The Coroner, Punishment of Yan Song among others.
Zhu Lingyu is a promising young performer and specializes in the male martial role. A graduate from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, Zhu acknowledged Qu Yongchun, Li Jingde, Yang Shaochun, Ma Yuzhang and Jiang Changchun as his teachers. He was one of the excellent undergraduates in 2013 in Beijing. His repertoire includes On the Centipede Hill, In the Tiger Village, Crossroads, Overturning the Jurchen War Chariots, The Battle of Zhuxian Town, To the Rescue of Liu A’dou, Huang Tianba and Wu Dong’s Adventure on the Cross Hill.
Liu Jia is a national second-grade stage performer specializing in the Wuchou role. He graduated from the China Postgraduate Program for Young Performers of Peking Opera, instructed by Guo Xinsheng, Xu Liqun, Liu Xizhong, Wu Jianping and other Peking opera artists. He began training under the famous Peking opera artist Zhang Chunhua in 2015. He was once given a "Silver Prize" of the National TV Contest of Young Peking Opera Performers. His repertoire includes Robbing the Imperial Grave, Stealing the Silver Pot, Haizhou through the Pass, Shi Qian Steals Armor, Zhaojun Going beyond the Frontier, Stealing the Nine-dragon Cup Three Times, Stopping the Horse, Crossroads among others.
Bai Weichen is an outstanding young stage performer specializing in the Wudan and Daomadan roles. He graduated from National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, training under Qiao Cuirong, Tian Bing, Yang Fengyi, Han Dongqing, Li Yali, Wang Xiaoyan, Shi Hongmei and other Peking opera artists. He was once given a "Second Prize" of National Theater Contest of Schools of Arts. His repertoires includes Battle at Jin Mountain, Bamboo Grove, Hu Family Village, Stealing the Magic Grass, Wu Song at an Inn, Stopping the Horse, The Lady Kills Four Enemy Generals and Stabbing Ba Jie
Wang Hao is a promising young performer and specializes in the wuchou role (a type of comedian). A graduate from Beijing Opera Art’s College, Wang acknowledged Liu Xizhong, Ma Zengshou, Zheng Yan and Wang Maosheng as his teachers. He won Golden Prize of the Lesser Plum Blossom Award and Copper Award of the Seventh National Television Contest of Young Peking Opera Performers. His repertoire includes Crossroads, Shi Qian Stole the Armor, Shi Qian Stole a Cock and Havoc in the Dragon Palace.