China News Service, Jinan, August 9th (Li Mingrui) The friendly and natural Yimeng melody, the majestic stage performance, the gripping storyline... The large-scale national opera "Yimeng Mountain" with the theme of "the integration of life and death" between the army and the people It will sprint for the "Wenhua Award" of the 13th China Arts Festival in late August, and sing the spirit of Yimeng in musical language.

The reporter visited the rehearsal site of the folk opera "Yimeng Mountain" at the Shandong Song and Dance Theater on August 9, and deciphered the stories behind the scenes.

  The opera "Yimeng Mountain" was created based on the real history of the development and growth of the Yimeng Mountain revolutionary base during the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.

The reporter saw at the rehearsal site that day that the play absorbed the musical elements from the Shandong folk music "Yimeng Mountain Minor" into the opera aria, with a strong "Shandong flavor".

  "The composition of "Yimeng Mountain" is based on inheriting the excellent tradition of opera, using the board cavity, adding elements with a sense of the times, absorbing a large number of Shandong elements for artistic reconstruction, "Yimeng Mountain Minor" and the perfect fusion of the whole opera's music It presents an opera style with unique Shandong characteristics." Zhang Jiqiang, Secretary of the Party Committee and President of Shandong Song and Dance Theater, said that the play also integrates the national musical instruments such as bamboo flute, suona, pipa, and zither into the accompaniment band, so that the audience can be intoxicated with Shandong characteristics. in the music melody.

  ""Yimeng Mountain" is divided into six acts and a total of 40 arias. Today's rehearsal is the fourth act." Zhang Jiqiang told reporters that the play is large in size, heavy in subject matter, and complicated in events. There are many transitions and more personnel requirements.

  The reporter learned from an interview that in order to overcome the shortage of young artistic talents and the shortage of reserve talents.

In 2021, with the support of the Shandong Provincial Party Committee and the Provincial Government and the Shandong Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism, Shandong Song and Dance Theater will openly recruit young artistic talents again after a lapse of more than 10 years, enriching the personnel strength and realizing the sustainable development of the talent team.

  Zhang Jiqiang said, "Before this, each performance required a large number of foreign personnel to supplement the staffing. Now we have enough strength to independently undertake various large-scale performances including the national opera "Yimeng Mountain". "At present, the staffing of each business department of Shandong Song and Dance Theater is basically complete, and 40% of the young actors and staff with high education are.

  When talking about the repertoire creation process, Zhang Jiqiang said that since he started planning and creating the opera "Yimeng Mountain" in 2017, the troupe has organized the production crew and performers to go to Yimeng Mountain for more than ten times to create and experience life, visit and inspect the 115th Division of the Eighth Route Army. Key red education bases such as the former headquarters of the headquarters, the Yimeng Revolutionary Memorial Hall, and the Yinan Hongsao Memorial Hall communicate with local experts and scholars, old revolutionary soldiers, and the descendants of Hongsao, and repeatedly review the heroic deeds of revolutionary martyrs.

"The field visit experience made the creators of "Yimeng Mountain" feel the deep friendship and infinite loyalty of the Yimeng people to the party and the army, which laid a solid foundation for the creation of the play."

  "Going deep into the old area of ​​Yimeng Mountain to experience history and experience life can lay a foundation for capturing the image of the characters in the later stage and restore the character's state sincerely. It also allows the cast and crew to have a deep understanding of the history of Yimeng Mountain and Shandong culture." Actor Dou Wenjing told reporters, for the sprint The 13th China Arts Festival "Wenhua Award", the cast and crew are enthusiastic, just to present a perfect and more perfect interpretation.

  It is understood that the opera "Yimeng Mountain" was jointly produced by the Propaganda Department of the Shandong Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, the Shandong Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism, and the Linyi Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China, and was arranged by the Shandong Song and Dance Theater.