As the first realistic opera produced by the NCPA, A Village Teacher tells a story happening around us at this moment. It has strongly kept up with the times and is rich in realistic significance, by which the NCPA would like to pay respect to the people of our age.Consistent with the style of the NCPA, the production of this original opera has gathered again a super team in China: Liu Heng, a well-known playwright of films like Ju Dou, The Knot, Assembly, meeting the challenge of an opera for the first time; composer Hao Weiya, who composed the eighteen minutes' continuation for NCPA version Turandot; director Chen Xinyi, famous for stage operas such as A Woman's Life, Othello, Shang Yang; the stage designer Gao Guangjian, known as the "royal master" of the NCPA and Lu Jia, a renowned overseas Chinese conductor. The whole cast will also bring together well-known artists at home and abroad.
The story happens in a poor mountainous area in South China. The main character, Yang Caihong, from the county town, falls in love with her classmate Li Wenguang who comes from the countryside, when they study in the normal school. After graduation, they take the positions of primary school teacher in Lanxi Village with their lofty ideals. Li Wenguang cannot stand the loneliness and poverty of the countryside and leaves to pursue further study and finally receives a master's degree, with financial support from Yang. However, he repeatedly postpones the wedding.
The story starts in the wedding preparation. The villagers are not optimistic about the marriage, and only Li Wenguang's widowed mother was excited. Yang Caihong is expecting the wedding uneasily. Li is late and claims that the marriage is cancelled because he does not love Yang anymore. Yang is distraught with grief, almost pleading him to change his mind. The widowed mother threatens to cut off the mother-child relationship. Zhou Luoping, the Village Head, criticizes Li for his disloyalty and the quarrel develops into a body conflict. The proposed wedding ends with a break-up. Yang leaves the village with sorrow, but returns halfway as she misses her pupils.
Zhou Luoping is a disabled soldier who lost one of his arms in a traffic accident when serving the army. He loves Yang secretly but was ashamed of telling her the truth, and helps the school silently. Yang falls sick from overwork and fainted in the class because of gastric bleeding. Zhou abandons his last wince and expresses his long-standing hidden love to Yang when carrying her on his back and rushing to the hospital. Yet he regrets afterwards as he does not want Yang to be stranded in the poor village because of him or the primary school. Finally, he works as the school teacher and tries to get Yang a new job with better conditions. Yang recovers and returns to the village, and tells Zhou that in no circumstances will she give up her choice to work in the village. She also expresses her sincere and solid love to Zhou. Both are immersed in immense bliss while the tragedy has quietly come at this moment...
It is a rainy season in the mountainous area. Yang gets drown when she rescues the boarders in the flooding canyon on the way home for summer break. Zhou and the children call for Yang and the villagers are in tears, but they can no longer see her. A year later, on the first anniversary of Yang's departing, people visit her tomb holding flowers in their hands to pay tribute. A rainbow appears in the sky along with the holy song of the children as if Yang is expressing her everlasting love and blessings for her home town and beloved ones.