China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater

The Opera The White-haired Girl

The peasant Yang Bailao lived with his daughter Xi’er. Because he was poor, Yang Bailao had to borrow money from the despotic landlord Huang Shiren and then go away to avoid the debt collector employed by the landlord. On the eve of the Spring Festival, Huang Shiren forced Yang Bailao to sell his daughter to repay the debt. Yang Bailao had to commit suicide. Xi’er, who was taken to Huang’s house, was raped by the landlord and then escaped into mountains. Two years later, Xi’er’s lover Da Chun returned to his hometown along with the Eighth Route Army men. He found Xi’er in a cave and avenged her.