China Today (English)

The Peony Pavilion Northern Kunqu Opera Theater


Date: March 5-6, 2022

Venue: National Center for the Performing Arts

During the Southern Song Dynasty (1127–1279), the Nan’an Prefect Du Bao is bent on raising his daughter Du Liniang to become a noble lady. He employs Chen Zuiliang, a student of the prefectura­l school, as Liniang’s teacher, and asks the maidservan­t Chunxiang to be her reading partner. The father instills the “virtues of the queen” into his daughter by means of the Classic of Poetry, one of the “Five Classics” in ancient China. However, contrary to her parents’ wishes, Liniang gives her heart completely to nature.

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