The Peony Pavillion
Baychester Library (2049 Asch Loop North, Bronx)

The Peony Pavilion is one of the great epic masterpieces of Chinese opera. Its themes of love beyond the grave have captivated audiences ever since it was written by Tang Xian Zu, a contemporary of Shakespeare, during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

This program presents two of the most famous scenes, “A Stroll in the Garden,” in which Lady Du and her maid wanders in the spring garden. They describe the beautiful landscape through dance, mine, and song. The second scene is “Awakening From the Dream” shows two lovers meeting in Lady Du’s dream, how they flirt and fall in love.