Yue Opera (越剧), an all-female performing art,
was initiated in Zhejiang and accomplished in Shanghai,
eventually grew into the second most popular opera form in
China after Beijing Opera (which is initiated in Anhui in
southern China) with Dream of the Red Chamber being
its best classic repertoire.
Xu Yulan (徐玉兰, left) as Baoyu (贾宝玉)
and Wang Wenjun (王文娟) as Black Jade (林黛玉, right)
In fact the achievement of the Yue Opera Dream
of the Red Chamber with the leading role played by
Xu Yulan and Wang Wenjun has a monumental significance
beyond Yue Opera and beyond all Chinese operas. To this
day, Wang's interpretation of Black Jade and Xu's portrayal
of Baoyu are the most articulated and sophisticated version
ever seen on stage and screen, credited to the masters'
skillful craft and subtle revelation of the characters'
multi-layered temperament and deep-embedded spiritual dimension.
Black Jade playing music in her Bamboo
Court residence (潇湘馆)
The following shows the stage settings for
Yue Opera (越剧) Dream of the Red Chamber, one of
the four greatest Chinese classic novels:
Master Jia's meeting room
where he received a bad report regarding his underachiever
Granny Jia's sitting room
where she received daily greetings from her descendants.
Garden of Great Vision where Granny Jia hosted barbecue
party for her family members and Black Jade held funeral
ceremony for fallen flowers.
Underachiever boy's studio where he practiced eyebrow drawing
craft on the face of his girl servant.
Black Jade's bedroom where
she burned her poems and died.
with Dream Quality