1930 Nián 4 yuè 13 rì (nónglì gēngwǔ nián sān yuè shíwǔ), yánfèngyīng chūshēng yú ānqìng yī jiàn jiǎnlòu zhùfáng lǐ, zǔjí tóngchéng xiàn luó jiā lǐng.1934 Nián, tā dì yī cì kàn xì, huí jiā hòu jí néng mófǎng xì zhōng de biǎoyǎn dòngzuò. Hòulái jīng jièshào dào chén jiā cítáng yǔ huángméixì bānzi zhù zài yīqǐ, tā bùdàn ài shàngle huángméi diào, gèng shì ěrrúmùrǎn, wú shī zì tōng xuéhuìle yīxiē chàngqiāng, dòngzuò.
10 Suì shí yánfèngyīng kāishǐ zhèngshì xué chàng huángméi diào, hòu gēnsuí yán yún gāo xué xì, qǔ yì míng fèng yīng,1954 nián yīn zài huángméixì diànyǐng “tiānxiān pèi” zhōng shìyǎn qīxiānnǚ ér yángmíng quánguó. Wéngé qíjiān zāo pòhài zhìsǐ, xiàn gǔhuī ānfàng zài ānqìng shì líng hú gōngyuán nèi huángméi gé zhōng. Ānqìng luó lǐng jiàn yǒu yánfèngyīng gùjū jìniànguǎn.
Yánfèngyīng de chàngqiāng yuánrùn míngkuài, biǎoyǎn zhípǔ xìnì, sǎngyīn qīngcuì tiánměi, yùnwèi chúnhòu. Zài tǔzì fāngfǎ shàng, jì xuéxí jīngjù de tǔzì, yòu zhùzhòng bǎochí huángméixì yǔyán dì dìfāng tèsè. Tā jiāng liǎng zhě róuhé shǐyòng, rónghuìguàntōng, zìchéngyījiā, bèi chēng wèi yán pài. Tóngshí, tā de chàngqiāng hái guànchuānzhuó yīgè “qíng” zì, zhùzhòng cóng rénwù gǎnqíng chūfā, jùyǒu nàirénxúnwèi de yìshù mèilì.
Yánfèngyīng suīrán zhǐ huóle 38 suì, dàn tā duì huángméixì de fāzhǎn zuòchūle zhuóyuè de gòngxiàn, yǐngxiǎng jíwéi shēnyuǎn. Tā de biǎoyǎn duì huángméixì de tèsè hé fēnggé qǐ dàole jídà de qiánghuà zuòyòng, bìng shǐ huángméixì zhè yī dìfāng xìjù shòudào quánguó guānzhòng de zhùyì hé xǐ'ài. Kěyǐ shuō, méiyǒu yánfèngyīng, huángméixì huòxǔ bù kěnéng zài quánguó zhòngduō jùzhǒng zhōng xùnsù juéqǐ.
April 13, 1930 (Lunar Gengwu March 15), Yan Fengying was born in a humble tenement located in Anqing. Her hometown is Luo Jialing, Tongcheng County. In 1934, she first watched Huangmei Opera, she could mimic the action of the play after the show. Later, she was introduced to the Chenjiaci and lived with Huangmei Opera team together. She began to love Huangmei and learned some singing, movement without a teacher.
Yan Fengying started formal Huangmei training when she was 10 years old. She was directed by Yan Yungao and took a stage name “Fengying”. In 1954, she became famous all over China for playing “the seventh fairy” in Huangmei film "Goddess Marriage". During the Cultural Revolution she was tortured to death and now her ashes was placed in Huangmei Pavilion, Linghu Park, Anqing. There is a memorial of her in Luo Ling Yan, Anqing.
Yan Fengying has mellow and bright sing skills, simple and delicate performance, thin and sweet voice which are full of charm. The articulation method she use not only intimate from Beijing opera, but also pay attention to keep the local characteristics Huangmei language. She combines the two to use, and make it an unique genre called “Yan”. Meanwhile, her singing also runs through a "feeling" because her performance focuses on the characters’ feelings that have intriguing artistic charm.
Although Yan Fengying lived to 38 years old, she made outstanding contributions to the development of Huangmei with far-reaching effects. Her performance significant strengthening effect on the characteristics and style of Huangmei and made Huangmei, a local opera, be noticed and loved by national audiences. We can say that without Yan Fengying, it may be impossible for Huangmei to make a rapid rise among numerous operas in China.