I wanted to post at least one full play with Chen Shaoyun. He’s always playing his roles with sheer professionalism and adorable charm, be it a kind-hearted official, a learned scholar or a painted face general.
Finally my choice fell on The Auspicious Dragon and Phoenix, a joint performance of Ganlu Temple and Returning to Jingzhou, since this Shanghai staging was also featuring Jin Xiquan (who I’m biased towards as you might have noted), also An Ping and Li Jun. Grab a bucket of popcorn, it’s 2¾ hours long.
Qiao Xuan (乔玄): Chen Shaoyun (陈少云)
Sun Shangxiang (孙尚香): Shi Yihong (史依弘)
Liu Bei (刘备): Li Jun (李军)
Sun Quan (孙权): An Ping (安平)
Zhou Yu (周瑜): Jin Xiquan (金喜全)
Empress of Wu (吴国太): Hu Xuan (胡璇)
Zhao Yun (赵云): Hao Shuai (郝帅)
Zhang Fei (张飞): Yang Donghu (杨东虎)
Qiao Fu (乔福): Yan Qinggu (严庆谷)
Jia Hua (贾化): Yu Wei (虞伟)
Lü Fan (吕范): Zhuang Shunhai (庄顺海)
Zhuge Liang (诸葛亮): Zhu Haozhong (朱浩忠)
Lu Su (鲁肃): Fan Yongliang (范永亮)
Sun Quan plans to lure Liu Bei to Wu under the pretence of marrying his younger sister, Sun Shangxiang, in order to kidnap Liu and exchange him for the strategic town of Jingzhou in return. Zhuge Liang, Liu’s chief officer sees through the conspiracy, and convinces Sun’s mother that Liu is worthy of being her son-in-law. Thus Sun Quan’s plan fails and Liu really marries his sister.
Zhou Yu of Southern Wu is tricking Zhuge Liang with the false information that Cao Cao is attacking Jingzhou, so in a letter he’s asking Liu Bei to return. Sun Shangxiang, who already fell in love with Liu, is accompanying her husband. Zhou Yu is dispatching generals to chase after Lady Sun and Liu, but Zhuge Liang comes to the rescue. He already prepared a ship to escape Liu and his wife from danger, and finally they safely return to Jingzhou.
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In another staging of the same opera at Chang’an Theater Zhu Qiang plays Qiao Xuan, Chen Shaoyun Lu Su and Ye Shaolan Zhou Yu, and it would be a crime against humanity to not post the following scene.
→ 京剧《龙凤呈祥》Long Feng Cheng Xiang – excerpt [DOWNLOAD] 171MB
Performed by Ye Shaolan and Chen Shaoyun.