[Voice of Hope, May 25, 2023](Reported by Voice of Hope reporter Lan Shan)
Recently, a video of He Saifei, a famous Chinese Yue opera artist, critically criticizing the status quo of the opera industry has gone viral on the Internet in China and continues to spark heated discussions.
According to comprehensive land media reports, from May 18th to 24th, “Gathering in Gaoping‧Sounding China—China Bangzi Conference” was held in Gaoping City, Shanxi Province. The event attracted 88 young Bangzi actors from all over the country to sign up, and finally 20 young actors from 11 operas were shortlisted. In addition to Pu Opera, Jin Opera, Shangdang Bangzi, and Beilu Bangzi, the four major Shanxi operas, young actors from Qin Opera, Henan Opera, Hebei Bangzi, Shandong Bangzi, Zaobang, Guangxi Xiqin Opera, and Yunnan Dian Opera participated. Hu Meiling, a famous Henan opera artist, He Saifei, a famous Yue opera artist, Li Dongqiao, Qi Aiyun, a famous Qin opera artist, and other opera cultural scholars served as judges for this competition.
In the second group competition of the “Chinese Clapper Conference” on May 21, Zhang Junbo, a Shanxi opera actor from Luliang, Shanxi, performed “The Pavilion of the Breeze”, which was very exciting. But Zhang Junbo’s art experience was very bumpy. According to the host Bai Yansheng, Zhang Junbo was favored by the provincial group and came to Taiyuan. His monthly salary was only 1,500 yuan. He had always been a temporary worker. His wife and three children still stayed in his hometown, and sometimes he could only go back once a month. He ran online car-hailing, delivered food to subsidize his family, suffered from a high fever of 39°C, and continued to perform on the stage while receiving drips. His wife half-jokingly said several times that he wanted to divorce him.
When Bai Yansheng told about Zhang Junbo’s situation, tears filled his eyes. He Saifei was also emotional after hearing this. She picked up the microphone and said, “You arrested me, and I want to tell you! If such an artist is not protected and given basic survival, who will it be for?!” She said with tears in her eyes and choked up words : “You say it is for the cause, for the construction of Chinese opera, how can there be so many noble ideas, he is just a hobby, he likes it, he likes it from the bottom of his heart… The revitalization of opera is really not just shouting, he is an artist! Millions and thousands Wan spends so much money to stage a show, and after winning the award, it is put in the warehouse, and the common people can’t see it, where is the play? Where is the money? Where did it go?” At the end, he was so choked up that he couldn’t speak.
After the above-mentioned video went viral on the Internet, it aroused strong sympathy among netizens. Many netizens were moved by He Saifei’s words, praised He Saifei’s speech as inspirational, and called for more attention to opera to ensure the survival of literary and art workers. Some people said, “Support Teacher He Saifei! If it continues like this, there will be no way out for Chinese opera, and there will be no one to learn it, and no heirs to pass it on.”, “Look at her hoarse voice. You can see how painful she is, Dare to speak out for art and for artists who persist in opera. There are not many artists who dare to speak out and tell the truth! Support Teacher He.” Another person said, “Ms. He Saifei’s words hurt people’s hearts. To speak out is also to speak out for the people at the grassroots level, and all walks of life need such people who dare to speak the truth.”
In addition to being a TV actor, He Saifei is also more famous as a Yue opera actor.
According to public information, He Saifei was born in Daishan County, Zhoushan City, Zhejiang Province in 1963. He was admitted to the Daishan Yue Opera Troupe in Zhejiang Province in 1982 and transferred to Zhejiang Xiaobaihua Yue Opera Troupe in 1983. In 1984, the role of “Cuiyun” in the Yue opera opera film “Five Girls Blessing Their Birthday” attracted widespread attention and gained fame. Since then, he has embarked on the road of film and television. After entering the film and television industry, his representative works include “The Gate of the Mansion”, “Raise the Red Lantern”, “The Secret History of Xiaozhuang”, etc., and has won many awards.
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