Yue Opera singer Wang
Wenjuan (王文娟), one of the most beloved Chinese opera
artists with a career extended for more than half a century,
played the leading role in Meng
Lijun. Her other memorable
stage roles include Lin Daiyu (Black Jade) in the Dream
of Red Chamber, Miss Fish in Chasing
the Fish (追鱼), Miss
Jade in Western Garden (西园记), Ms Emperor in Women Emperor
Wu Zetian (则天皇帝).
Shortly after the deadly Sichuan
earthquake in 2008, at age of 81, Wang Wenjuan returned
to the stage at Shanghai Yifu Theatre (上海逸夫舞台), along with Baoyu's
player Xu Yulan (徐玉兰), empress dowager's
player Zhou Baokui (周宝奎) and many other great masters of
Yue Opera, to participate in a joint performance to raise
the funds for the quake victims.
Wang Wenjuan as Black Jade
Wang Wenjuan as Black Jade with her most trusted servant
girl Purple Cuckoo, played by Meng Liying (孟莉英) who also
played Ronglan (荣兰), Meng Lijun's servant girl.
Wang Wenjuan as Yang Kaihui (杨开慧), new China's founding
Zedong's first wife, in Yueju Opera The Song of
A Nobel Spirit (忠魂曲). Lady Yang was
executed by the Nationalist
Party, today's ruling party in Taiwan
Province, for her refusal to denounce her husband.
Her eldest son Mao
Anying (毛岸英) was killed by Americans during
the Korean War that was fought to defend China's right
to peace and security.
Wang Wenjuan and her husband during the production
of the film in 1996.
The opera Meng
Lijun was made into film in 1996, directed
by her husband Sun Daolin (孙道临), one of China's best
performing artist in film industry. By then Wang Wenjuan
was nearly 70-year old.
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