Sorrowful Goodbye at Chongtai

Wong Chiu-Kwan & Anthony Cheung

Set in the Tang Dynasty, this tells of the injustices experienced by the family of Mei Liangyu (梅 良玉) , and the powerlessness of women who are used as pawns on the political chess board. Under thread of attack from a foreign nation on the northern border, the King ordered Mei’s beautiful wife to be sent to the aggressor to appease him. This aria brings out the unspeakable sorrow of parting, and their helplessness.