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A Showcase of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Cantonese Opera Masters

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Presented by:
Department of Culture of Guangdong Province
Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao Special Administrative Region

Organized by :
Leisure and Cultural Services Department

21 December 2011 (Wed) 7:30pm
Auditorium, Shatin Town Hall
Ticket: $320, 240, 160, 100

Due to the overwhelming response, there are only a limited number of tickets for box seats with restricted view left available for sale at the price of $100 at the box office of the Sha Tin Town Hall from 10 a.m. on the day of performance. Each patron can purchase a maximum of two tickets per transaction while stocks last.

 
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The Pear Garden Cantonese Opera Troupe of Hong Kong
On Ascending the Throne from The Villain, The General and The Heroic Beauty
The King of Liang has three sons. The second prince Wenyong craves for ambitious achievements and intends to seize the throne.  When the king passes away, veteran minister Zhao Jiguang sets off with the youngest prince to solicit military support from Princess Yinping of Danyang to help the eldest prince. At the same time, Wenyong, together with his teacher Liu Liuren, go to seek the military support from the Princess to help him take the throne.

General Wei Gancheng is a secret admirer of the Princess but she only has affection for the second prince Wenyong. Gancheng tries to persuade the Princess not to pass over the crown prince to enthrone Wenyong but the Princess does not take his advice. At this juncture, imperial maid Xie Shuang’e and her brother Xie Song arrive with an imperial will, a forged one that has Yinping deceived. Gancheng is therefore sent to assist Wenyong in seizing the throne with the princess’s army.

Shortly after the enthronement, however, Wenyong kills all the meritorious ministers and showers insults on the Princess. Fortunately Gancheng comes to her rescue, and sees to it that she returns to Danyang safe and sound.  In the end, he and the Princess become husband and wife.

General Wei Gancheng: Lee Lung     Princess Yinping: Wan Fai-yin
Liang Wenyong: Sun Kim-long     Liu Liuren: Liu Kwok-sum    
Xie Shuang’e: Ko Lai            Liang Wengong: Lai Yiu-wai

The Ten Memorials from Impeachment of Yan Song
Emperor Jiajing of the Ming Dynasty leads a life of debauchery and unduly trusts the Prime Minister, Yan Song.  At that time, the masses live in dire poverty and are tormented by heavy taxes and corrupt officialdom.  Censor Hai Rui of the Censorate is a man of integrity and loyalty.  Being indignant at Song’s wickedness in causing disasters and sufferings to the country and the people, he drafts ten memorials overnight to impeach Song.  Nevertheless, the Emperor had issued an imperial edict to execute whoever impeaches Song, and since he is captivated with the beauty of Imperial Concubine Yan, the daughter of Song, he turns a deaf ear to Rui’s remonstrance and orders his execution. 

Fortunately, the Empress arrives in time with evidence submitted by Senior General Pingwo of Song’s secret communication with Japanese invaders.  As the tide turns, Rui requests the Emperor to order a search of Song’s residence, where an imperial robe and an imperial jade seal are found.  Song is therefore convicted of his traitorous conspiracy to overthrow the throne.  The infuriated Emperor, on the verge of sentencing Song to death, remembers that he has promised to spare Song’s life for whatever monstrous crime he commits.  In the end, he punishes Song by granting him a gold bowl to beg in the street while reinstating Rui in his official post.

Hai Rui: Yuen Siu-fai                                  Yan Song: Yau Sing-po 
Imperial Concubine Yan: Yam Bing-yee        Emperor Jiajing: Wan Yuk-yu 
Su Wentong: Lai Yiu-wai

Ensemble Leader: Chow Che-kai  Percussion Leader: Tsang Wing-sang  
Stage Manager: Leung Wai-hong

Guangdong Cantonese Opera Theatre & Guangzhou Cantonese Opera Troupe
Vengeance at the Lion’s Mansion
Playwright: Qin Taiying, Ou Kaiming
Director: Liang Jianzhong, Liang Junqiang

Wu Song goes to the Lion’s Mansion in search of Ximen Qing to avenge the murder of his elder brother as well as to bring justice for the people.

Wu Song: Peng Qinghua  Ximen Qing: Wang Yanfei

Wu Han Killing His Wife at the Sutra Hall
Wu’s mother ordered his son Wu Han to kill his wife Wang Lanying, yet she will kill herself instead. Wu found it hard to kill Lanying as she was a gentle and loving wife to him and was kind at heart. Torn between his mother’s wish and his own feelings for his wife, Wu was in a dilemma.

Wu Han: Ou Kaiming  Wang Lanying: Mai Yuqing

A Fond Pledge by the Blooming Flowers
Adaptor: Chen Jinrong  Director: Ding Fan

It is early spring. Emperor Ming of Tang and his favourite concubine, Lady Yang, are enjoying the beautiful peonies in full bloom at the Aloeswood Pavilion.  The Emperor composes a tune in praise of the beauty of his beloved.

Emperor Ming: Ding Fan  Lady Yang: Jiang Wenduan

Macao General Association of Chinese Opera and Music
Finding the Rat from Fifteen Strings of Cash
You Hulu is a butcher.  He borrows fifteen strings of cash and was killed by Lou the Rat that night.  His neighbours suspect You’s stepdaughter Xu Xujuen. The case is reported to the yamen for investigation. It so happened that Xujuan is walking with Xiong Youlan. Just then, the runner arrives. On seeing this, the two are sent to the yamen and are sentenced to death by the mayor. Kuang Zhong, the Prefect of Suzhou, is assigned to be the officer in charge of the execution.  He finds the evidence against the two accused faulty and not acceptable.  Finally he is able to bring Lou the Rat into custody and revoke the case.

Lou the Rat: Chu Chan Wa  Kuang Zhong: Jose Tang

 
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Programme Length
Running Time: Approx. 2 hrs 45 mins with an intermission
 
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Tickets available from 8 November onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking
Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis)
 
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The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary
The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department

 
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