10 masterpieces in traditional Peking Opera repertoire

By Li Wenrui | chinadaily.com.cn | 2017-11-09 09:26
10 masterpieces in traditional Peking Opera repertoire

The Phoenix Returns Home is staged in Shanghai, Oct 29, 2016. [Photo/VCG]

10. The Phoenix Returns Home

The Phoenix Returns Home is a romantic farce. It was first performed by Peking Opera master Mei Lanfang in 1929 and is now one of the most popular Peking Operas.

It tells the humorous story of a senior court minister who retires and returns to his hometown with his two daughters. The elder daughter, Xueyan, is a plain and ordinary woman, while the younger one is beautiful and elegant. The opera is a tale of love, manipulation and mistaken identity.

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