In celebration of Hong Kong City Hall's 50th anniversary and Tuen Mun Town Hall's 25th anniversary, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will present the operatic showcase "Famous Repertory of Six Famous Stars in Cantonese Opera" in April. Audiences attending the programme will witness a magical stage show, which will see renowned contemporary actors Wan Fei-yin, Yau Sing-po, Ng Chin-fung, Yuen Siu-fai, Ng Mei-ying, Lam Kam-tong, Lee Lung, Nam Fung, Chan Wing-yee, Koi Ming-fai, Lung Koon-tin, etc, revive prized works by six leading names in Cantonese opera.
During the 1950s, Hong Kong witnessed a golden age of traditional Cantonese opera, with many actors in lead roles (known as "wenwusheng") commanding the scene. Notable names included Yam Kim-fai, Ho Fei-fan, Lam Kar-sing, Mak Bing-wing, Chan Kam-tong and Sun Ma Sze-tsang. By creating classics in their repertoires and cutting a distinct profile as virtuosos, they became icons of Cantonese opera. This series pays tribute to that golden era. Details are as follows:
April 1 (Sunday); Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
"Romance of the Phoenix Tower"
Main cast: Yuen Siu-fai, Nam Fung, Yau Sing-po
April 2 (Monday); Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
"The Injustice Done to Dou'e"
Main cast: Lung Koon-tin, Wan Fei-yin, Yau Sing-po
April 3 (Tuesday); Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
"The Romantic Monk"
Main cast: Ng Chin-fung, Wan Fei-yin, Liu Kwok-sum
April 4 (Wednesday); Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
"The Tragedy of Two Patriotic Brothers"
Main cast: Lam Kam-tong, Chan Wing-yee, Yau Sing-po
April 7 (Saturday); Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
"Crying on the Erlang Bridge"
Main cast: Koi Ming-fai, Ng Mei-ying, Chan Hung-chun
April 8 (Sunday); Auditorium, Tuen Mun Town Hall
"A Sword of Loyalty"
Main cast: Yuen Siu-fai, Nam Fung, Liu Kwok-sum
April 18 (Wednesday); Theatre, Ko Shan Theatre
"Wong Fei-fu's Rebellion"
Main cast: Lee Lung, Wan Fei-yin, Chan Wing-yee
April 20 (Friday); Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
"The Tragedy of Princess Lok Cheung"
Main cast: Lung Koon-tin, Nam Fung, Yau Sing-po
Lyrics and dialogue in all shows will be supplemented with Chinese and English surtitles. All shows start at 7.30pm. Tickets priced from $100 to $340 are now available at all URBTIX outlets, on the Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis.)
For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7325, or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/chinese_opera/00000339.html. For ticketing enquiries, please call 2734 9009. For credit card telephone bookings, please call 2111 5999. For Internet bookings, please visit www.urbtix.hk.
Three meet-the-artist sessions, conducted in Cantonese, will be held for this programme:
March 31 (Saturday), 2.30pm
Speakers: Lung Koon-tin, Wan Fei-yin
April 5 (Thursday), 7.30pm
Speakers: Lam Kam-tong, Chan Wing-yee
April 7 (Saturday), 2.30pm
Speakers: Yuen Siu-fai, Nam Fung
All three free-admission sessions will be held at AC1, Level 4, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, with limited seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Ends/Monday, February 20, 2012