The original opera "Red River Valley," based on the namesake 1997 movie, tells the touching story of how Tibetan and Han people unite together to fight against foreign invaders.[Photo/Shanghai Daily]
The original Chinese opera "Red River Valley" about Tibetan and Han solidarity in the face of foreign invaders will be staged at Shanghai Grand Theater on November 4.
The opera, based on a 1997 movie of the same name, is one of the innovative Chinese performances for the 13th Shanghai International Arts Festival.The movie directed by Feng Xiaoning was released when Hong Kong returned to China's sovereignty.
It is based on the 1961 book by British author Peter Fleming, "Bayonets to Lhasa: The First Full Account of the British Invasion of Tibet in 1904." Hundreds of Tibetans were killed in the conflict. The film starred Paul Kersey and Ning Jing.
The movie and now the opera tell heroic stories about ethnic Tibetans and Han people in what is now China's Tibet Autonomous Region, together resisting foreign incursion and exploitation.
Tibetan and Han people fight side by side; harmony of different cultures is a major theme of the opera.