The classic national opera The Daughter of the Party was produced and set on stage by the Song and Dance Ensemble of General Political Department of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (now known as the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Art Troupe) in 1991 in order to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the CPC. It is an important work on the theme of revolutionary history created in the 1990s and one of the most influential national classic operas of China. The opera is adapted from the film of the same title premiering in 1958. YAN Su did the actual writing, and the libretto was discussed by WANG Jian, HE Dongjiu and WANG Shouyuan. The music was composed by WANG Zujie, ZHANG Zhuoya, YIN Qing, WANG Xiren, JI Cheng and FANG Tianxing. The debut round was performed by artists including PENG Liyuan, YANG Hongji and SUN Liying. As a work jointly created by many outstanding Chinese artists, it won the Second Wenhua Award in 1992 and was performed in 1999 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the PRC. It has won numerous national art awards. The NCPA will produce a new effect of stage art on the basis of the premiere version according to the production principle of “cultural inheritance and innovation”.
NCPA opera The Daughter of the Party (Revival) has been included in the “Fine Stage Art Creation Project for the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the CPC” by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and selected for the “Excellent Stage Artwork for the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the CPC” by the Publicity Department of the CPC, Ministry of Culture and Tourism and China Federation of Literary and Art Circles. The NCPA will produce a new effect of stage art on the basis of the premiere version according to the production principle of “cultural inheritance and innovation”. Directed by WANG Jun, who used to be a director at the Song and Dance Ensemble of General Political Department, the opera will be starred by soprano LEI Jia and baritone LIAO Changyong under the baton of the conductor LI Xincao in cooperation with outstanding artists from the China NCPA Chorus, China NCPA Orchestra and China National Traditional Orchestra to pay tribute to the classic and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC.
In 1935, the Azalea Mountain, located in Jiangxi, is heavy with white terror. The female communist TIAN Yumei escapes with her life from the execution ground under the cover of the old Party branch secretary. She reaches MA Jiahui, former secretary of the District Party Committee, and reports to him a secret told by the old Party branch secretary just before his execution—there is a traitor in the Party organisation. However, she does not know that MA Jiahui is the traitor. MA Jiahui colludes with a regimental commander of the Kuomintang in setting a trap to maul the guerrilla forces heavily, and frames Yumei for treason. At this critical juncture, Yumei, who is misunderstood, clears up her uncle-in-law’s doubts. Undaunted by perils, Yumei returns to the lion’s mouth and rekindles the fire of revolution in the heart of Guiying, MA Jiahui’s wife, who is almost reduced to despair. Guiying testifies against her husband MA Jiahui.
In the alpine bamboo groves, Yumei, the uncle-in-law and Guiying are planning to report the state of the enemy to guerrilla forces, but they have departed. At the critical moment when they’re losing contact with the superior, they form a combat squad voluntarily. The uncle-in-law comes forward to risk taking the message to the depth of the mountains. After receiving it, the guerrilla forces launch a counterattack on the enemy by artifice. While gathering salt, Yumei and Guiying encounter MA Jiahui. Courageously, they work together to kill the traitor, but Guiying gets shot and killed. Unexpectedly, the gunshots attract the Kuomintang. In order that CHENG should get away unscathed under her cover, Yumei is arrested by the Kuomintang and forced to lead the way to the guerrilla forces. Being fearless of death for a just cause, Yumei dies a martyr with her revolutionary ideals. Her immortal revolutionary spirit is turned into azaleas in full bloom all over the mountains.