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Maoming premieres its revolutionary Cantonese opera

Updated: 2021-07-23

Maoming's original revolution-themed modern Cantonese opera – Hong Hun (The Red Spirits) –premiered at the Yangjiao Town Cultural Center in Maonan district, Maoming on July 17.

The performance lasted for more than one hour. The actors' performances, the infectious music and the unexpected scenarios had the audience immersed in the show, and were applauded throughout the opera.


Maoming's original revolution-themed modern Cantonese opera premieres on July 17. [Photo/WeChat account: maofabu]

The modern Cantonese opera, also named Zhu Yechi, is aimed at celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), show the city's famous revolutionary hero Zhi Yechi's selfless contribution to the Party and the people, and carry forward the spirit of revolutionary martyrs.

Zhi Yechi (1898-1928) was born in Jintang township in Maoming, and is one of the earliest leaders of the CPC and the peasant movement in western Guangdong. He joined the CPC in 1925, and died at the age of 30 due to enemy persecution.


A scene at the opera. [Photo/WeChat account: maofabu]

Scripts of the opera were written after several on-site visits to the Memorial Hall of Zhu Yechi, the Nangao Academy and the Old Site of Huaixiang Uprising, and were also reviewed by the Maoming Party History Research Office.

The opera is scheduled to be performed dozens of times in Maoming in July, August and September, offering a spectacular history lesson on stage.