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Music Appreciation Series: All about Love in Western Opera: 6S – The Secret Key to the World of Opera Classics (Speaker: Chow Fan-fu)

Venue Date & Time Price
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum
29.01-02.04.2014 (Every Wed, 7:30pm, 9 lectures in total, except 5 March 2014)$50
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Conducted in Cantonese

About the lectures

The opera is generally regarded as the most august and sublime genre in Western music.  It is an art form which impresses the listener with music of magnificent beauty, a grandeur that is beyond words.  The opera is also a complex, multi-disciplinary art form integrating elements of music, literature and poetry (libretto), theatre (dramaturgy and acting), visual arts (stage design, lighting and costume design) and dance.  With so many factors involved, the degree of difficulty of mounting an opera is high, but the interest it engenders in the audience is proportionately great.  The only question is: how do we go about appreciating it?

This is a series of nine talks and a sequel to the speaker's highly popular Five Signature Operas by Verdi Series in mid-2013. As before, the speaker would offer his secret “6S” key to the appreciation of opera for beginners, devised on the basis of his many years of opera appreciation experience. Nine opera classics on the various aspects of love will be discussed, featuring the works of Puccini of Italy, Gounod and Bizet of France, Mozart of Austria, Wagner of Germany. From there we proceed on to the appreciation of the great art of the opera in depth. Each talk will feature video screenings from the opera(s) in discussion to enhance interest and appeal.

29 Jan 2014


La Bohème

5 Feb 2014


Madama Butterfly

12 Feb 2014


Roméo et Juliette

19 Feb 2014



26 Feb 2014


Le nozze di Figaro

12 Mar 2014


Die Zauberflöte

19 Mar 2014



26 Mar 2014


Das Rheingold

2 Apr 2014




About the speaker

Details refer to Chinese version


Tickets available from 29 December 2013 onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Telephone Credit Card 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).

Group Booking Discount

10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets; 15% off for 10-19 standard tickets; 20% off for 20 or more standard tickets.

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.

Programme Length

Running time of each talk is about 1 hour 30 minutes.


Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009

Telephone Credit Card Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking : www.urbtix.hk

The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The presenter reserves the right to substitute speakers and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.


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