If you were ever in the audience of a Chinese/Cantonese opera performance, I bet youll never forget the intensive excitement and pleasure of that experience. The atmosphere there is pure magic: dimmed lights- glittery curtains- elaborate andMoreIf you were ever in the audience of a Chinese/Cantonese opera performance, I bet youll never forget the intensive excitement and pleasure of that experience.
The atmosphere there is pure magic: dimmed lights- glittery curtains- elaborate and colorful costumes- and sounds from gongs, clappers, drums and string musical instruments drifting out from both sides of the stage. Unlike the formal Peking operas- the Cantonese operas are more inventive and livelier in their scripts, easier to enjoy for both old and young.
The author has never forgotten the very first time her grandmother took her along to watch a Cantonese opera. She was about twelve years old at the time, more interested in eating the sweetmeats and juicy tangerines purchased from a vender walking up and down the aisles, than what was happening on the stage. However, before long she became hopelessly captivated by the eye-catching costumes the players wore, and their lilting songs lingered in her head for days afterwards.This opera, The Ghost in the Red-Plum Chamber was originally created from an ancient folktale, in the early Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644).
Overtime, various versions of this popular opera were performed by wandering players in the market places. However, all versions had the same theme: The star-crossed romance between a gentle scholar and the beautiful concubine of a corrupted official- their love was so profound that it transcended even death...Included inside this book is a page of the cast of principal characters and eleven vibrantly illustrated scenes, each with a banner below the stage, captioned in Chinese- a special effect designed to make you feel as though you were actually in the audience!