THE PEACOCK PRINCESS SYNOPSIS
The Peacock Princess Opera is based on a Dai Minority fairy tale from China’s Yunnan Province. The story starts with seven beautiful maidens clothed in magical feathers at the Golden Lake. The seven maidens are Princesses from the Mengbanjia nation happens to be hunting near the lake and unexpectedly comes upon the youngest Princess, Nanuona. The two falls in love at first sight and exchange gifts as tokens of their love. The Prince then brings Nanuona to the castle to meets his father, the king.
The annual Water Splashing Festival is being celebrated in Mengbanjia. During the festival, a contest is held to choose a bride for the Prince. The Premier of Mengbanjia, Daxina, who is also an evil wizard, has design on the king’s throne. He plans for his daughter, Nanxinsha, to become the Prince’s bride in order to solidify his own powers. He discovers, to his dismay, from a servant that the future bride of the Prince, the Peacock Princess has been brought to the castle to awaits the wedding ceremony. In order to succeed his aim, he creates discord and war between Mengbanjia and the neighbouring country.
Daxina persuades the king to have the Prince, Zhaoshutun, lead the army in the battle, thus separating the Prince from Nanuana. He then casts his black magic spell over the land of Mengbanjia to create chaos. He distorts the truth by telling the King and the people that Nunuona is a witch and has caused all the trouble. She is the reason that the Prince is in danger and surrounded by the enemy on the battlefield. The Peacock Princess must be executed. Nanuona, with no other alternatives, dons her magic peacock feathers and escapes upon the wind.
Meanwhile, the Prince wins the battle and returns to find Nanuona missing, Heartbroken, he leaves the castle in search of his love. For three years, he wanders all over the land looking for Nanuona, suffering many hardships. Daxina and his daughter Nanxinsha, are finally able to ambush the Prince and wound him with a poison arrow. The Prince continues to fight bravely, forcing Daxina and Nanxinsha to escape through a cloud of white smoke.
Nanuona falls ill from heartache and fails to recover. Fortunately, Zhaoshutun is found by the other six Peacock Princesses, Nanuona’s sisters bring him to the Peacock Palace. The two lovers are finally reunited. The entire nation rejoices, and they all live happily ever after.