In order to demonstrate the historic achievements of the CPC’s poverty alleviation and rural revitalization strategy since the 18th National Congress of the CPC and to create an eternal epic for the people, commissioned and presented by the NCPA, the national opera Minning Town comes out. With copyright support from the TV Drama Department of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, with the Dongyang Daylight Entertainment Co., Ltd. as honourary presenter, this opera is jointly produced by the Publicity Department of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee, Publicity Department of the CPC Fujian Provincial Committee, Publicity Department of the CPC Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Committee and the NCPA. Minning Town, will greet the audiences as scheduled, paying tribute to China's 20th National Congress of the CPC.
Adapted from the TV series of the same Chinese title, opera Minning Town reviews the relocation tale about the people of Xihaigu, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, represented by the people of Yongquan Village. They relocate to Yongning County in the suburb of Yinchuan in the 1990s and establish an economic development zone from scratch. From a documentary perspective, this opera demonstrates the great achievements of China’s poverty alleviation undertakings, sharing its valuable experiences on poverty alleviation and development with Chinese characteristics, and eulogizing the spirit of throwing off poverty, overcoming difficulties and joining hands for cooperation. The opera features libretto creation steeped in the artistic characteristics of opera art on the basis of the TV series. It gives shape to authentic and perceptible roles in a concise story. The music composition draws on folk music elements, such as Hua’er unique to Ningxia, with distinctive regional characteristics and national music savours.
Composer: MENG Weidong
Librettist: YI Ming
World Premiere: NCPA Opera House, September 30th, 2022
Adapted from the TV series Minning Town in 2021
Publicity Department of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee
Publicity Department of the CPC Fujian Provincial Committee
Publicity Department of the CPC Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Committee
National Centre for the Performing Arts
Honourary Presenter: Dongyang Daylight Entertainment Co., Ltd.
Producer: National Centre for the Performing Arts
Supported by TV Drama Department of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television
Conductor: LÜ Jia
Stage Director: WANG Xiaodi
Set Designer: JI Qiao
Costume Designer: Akuan
Lighting Designer: XING Xin
Video Projection Designer: HU Tianji
Sound Designer: HE Biao
Make-up Designer: TIAN Dan
Props Designer: JIN Jifeng
Sound Effect Designer: WANG Hao
Vocal Coach: HUANG Xiaoman
Chorus Master: JIAO Miao
Defu (Tenor): WANG Hongwei/ MA Xiaoming
Shuihua (Soprano): GONG Shuang●/ XU Jingjing
CHEN Jinshan (Tenor):JIN Zhengjian/ CHEN Dashuai
Debao (Tenor): LIANG Yufeng▲/ MA Teng
Maimiao (Soprano): WU Mengxue/ CHEN Yingzhu
Great Grandma LI (Mezzo-soprano): LIU Shan
Father Hanshui (Bass): GUAN Zhijing●
Ningxia Hue'er (Guest): SA Lina
●NCPA Resident Singers ▲China NCPA Chorus Members
In the 1990s, Defu, a young cadre who works in the county migration office, returns to his hometown Yongquan Village, hoping to persuade LI Dayou and other villagers not to escape from the Xihaigu Diaozhuang Migrant Village. Returning home, he encounters a childhood sweetheart Shuihua. At this time, Shuihua is ready to run away from home together with Defu’s younger brother Debao and other young villagers, in attempts to say no to the betrothal arranged by her father. However, Shuihua is still forced to marry a disabled man in Kushui Village. Defu feels very depressed to hear that.
Three years later, a new batch of households from the Xihaigu Diaozhuang Migrant Village trek along the desolate sandbeach. They come across CHEN Jinshan, a cadre assigned from Fujian province on a temporary basis, who is responsible for providing assistance to the village. Because no power supply is available for the Xihaigu Diaozhuang Migrant Village, Defu quarrels with Director LIU of the power substation. When the power supply problem cannot be solved, Shuihua carries her disabled husband in due course, thereby filling the vacancy of the last household.
In July 1997, the Xihaigu Diaozhuang Migrant Village is officially called, Minning Village. Led by deputy county magistrate CHEN Jinshan and agricultural expert LING Yinong, a poverty alleviation team from Fujian province helps Minning Village develop a courtyard economy and launch labour service exports. Long-term planning is also developed for the Yellow River Pumping Irrigation Project. Debao and Shuihua learn to grow agaricus bisporus under instructions of LING Yinong. Maimiao and other girls are determined to work and earn money in coastal areas. Defu serves as the first-ever party secretary of Minning Village.
With the advent of the 21st century, Minning Village has developed into Minning Town. The previous Yongquan Village gets wholly relocated to the Yinchuan Plain. Villagers bid farewell to the mountains, and build their new hometown in pursuit of common prosperity.