THE Zaifen Huangmei Opera Theater from Anqing in Anhui Province put on “Nu Fu Ma” (Emperor’s Female Son-in-law), a classic piece of the Huangmei Opera repertoire at Daxia Stage of the Zhongbei campus on November 23.
The show was presented by Han Zaifen, vice chairman of Chinese Theater Association and head of the Zaifen Huangmei Opera Theater, and six national first-class performers.
Fang Ping, deputy Party chief of ECNU, presented a silk banner as a gift to Han; in return, Han donated a painting album to the university.
Prof. Tong Shijun, chairman of ECNU's University Council, meets Han Zaifen before the show.
Fang Ping (left) presents a silk banner to Han.
The opening scene of the show was a brief introduction to the history of Huangmei Opera that originated from Huangmei County, Hubei Province, in the 18th century.
Performers prepare for the show.
The performers moved with a delicate, graceful style to melodic and gentle singing over a sweet rhythm. The lyrics put into a rhyme were easy to understand, vividly revealing a legendary story about a woman - Feng Suzhen – who disguised herself as a man so that she could take the imperial examination in order to avoid marrying someone she did not love. Impressed with her high score, the Emperor betrothed his daughter to Feng, however, on their wedding night Feng revealed her real identity and after many twists in the plot Feng was eventually saved by her fiancé.