An adaptation of Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s four great tragedies, the opera was first staged in 1987 to great acclaim. Lin Huai-min believes this opera set a new milestone for the innovation of Beijing Opera . Wang An-chi claims that though the vocal singing of this opera still makes use of tradi...Read more
An adaptation of Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s four great tragedies, the opera was first staged in 1987 to great acclaim. Lin Huai-min believes this opera set a new milestone for the innovation of Beijing Opera . Wang An-chi claims that though the vocal singing of this opera still makes use of traditional pi or huang tunes, the actors go beyond traditional skills, and the stage setting also breaks through the symmetry and neatness characteristic of traditional opera. Moreover, since the presentation of the characters and their psychological conflicts are not confined by the distinct categories of dramatic roles in traditional operas, and are portrayed without traditional didacticism, the opera shows human nature in strong colors. The opera has been staged so many times since then and has been performed in 19 cities in 10 countries. Zhong Ming-de stated that in later revisions and performances, the opera has been refined to a small exclamation mark in contemporary Taiwanese theatre.
Set in East Zhou of the Warring Period in China, the opera emphasizes the notion that one is helpless to change one’s fate. In the civil war of the Ji Kingdom, General Ao Shu-zheng and Deputy General Meng Ting suppress the rebellion. On their way back to the court, they encounter a mountain ghost who makes the prediction that Ao Shu-zheng will become the premiere and eventually ascend to the throne, while Meng Ting’s son, Meng Deng, will take over the throne. Hearing this, Mrs. Ao tries to persuade her husband to kill the Lord of Ji and usurp the throne. Fearing that Meng Ting’s son will take over the throne from him, Ao Shu-zheng sends an assassin to kill the father and the son. Meng Ting is killed, but the son manages to escape.
|Group||Contemporary Legend Theatre|
|Creative staff||Contemporary Legend Theatre|
|Subtitle||Mandarin Chinese /English|
|Venue||The Metropolitan Hall, Taipei|
|Other Works||Medea Waiting for Godot King Lear|