Opera Warriors

Opera Warriors, featured by the world famous Chinese National Opera, is first seen in Hungary. The performance of the Bejing Opera is impressive, the actors’ play engages audience with ease and enchants them immediately.


Opera Warriors tells a story about three opera warriors with talents and fantastic acting skills in traditional Chinese opera—Beijing Opera, their life and death, their love and hatred, and their struggling and striving for the outstanding beauty on the stage.


The story, happening in the northern part of Republic of China, in the early of the 20th century, is about three young fellow apprentices of the same master, who play martial roles among the operatic players of male characters in a theatrical troupe. After the professional training, they play different martial roles in Beijing Opera in the same theatrical troupe. And then their fate and destiny get to diverge: one gets shot by accident in order to protect his junior fellow apprentice, and one suffers from disaster because of his lover, which leads to the separation of three brothers. The youngest one, after having suffered many hardships and coming to the dead end, finds the right way out of difficulties and to the success with great determination and persistence.

Program and cast

Cast


Heidou: Hou Yulong
Duanda: Ren Zhongjie
Changkao: Zhang Qian
Yan-er: Jia Zhen
The Third Concubine: Du Yuejiao


Creators


Producer: Li Li
Artistic Director: Wang Jinghua
Composer: Fang Ming
Project leader: Shan Honglong
Playwright: Pik-Wah Li (Lilian Lee)
Choreographer: Xing Shimiao
Costume Designer: Wang Qiuping
Set Designer: Gao Guangijan
Tour Manager: Liu Wen
Executive Directors: Zhou Liya, Han Zher

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Erkel Theatre

Opened in 1911 originally, the Erkel Theatre is Hungary’s largest theatre building. Its history is intertwined with the golden age of Hungarian opera performance, with such luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Éva Marton and Grace Bumbry all having graced the stage of a building whose acoustics are considered the stuff of opera legend.

After being shuttered up for more than five years with its fate in doubt following closure in 2007, the Hungarian government last year provided 1.7 billion forints in grants for the theatre’s renewal, allowing the Hungarian State Opera to renovate the Erkel Theatre to a standard suitable for holding performances.

Much of the refurbishments took place behind the scenes, with soloist and shared dressing rooms and common areas refitted and expanded. In addition, the stage’s technical equipment has undergone significant modernisation, while the building’s service systems (water, plumbing, heating and ventilation) have also been brought up to date.

Audiences will now step into an auditorium with a completely new look, while every effort was made to ensure that the building's fantastic acoustic properties remained unchanged. A factor that will greatly increase comfort is the modern ventilation system installed in the seating area. Although the number of seats has been reduced from 1,935 to 1,819 by refitting the rows of seats for more comfort, the theatre nevertheless retains its rank as the highest capacity theatre in Hungary – and in Eastern Central Europe.

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