An array of acclaimed Cantonese opera veterans will take part in a showcase in December performing masterpieces of the Cantonese opera icon Pak Kui-wing.
The performance will be held at 7.30pm on December 5 (Wednesday) at the Theatre of Ko Shan Theatre. The programme will include Pak's classic operatic songs "A Wanderer's Autumn Grief", "Lovers' Pledge at the Palace of Longevity", "Invitation to Spend the Night" from "The Kharma of Love", "Going to the Capital with Her Pipa in Hand" and "The Wronged Wife", as well as the operatic excerpts "Teasing the Mayor" from "In Search of a Suitable Son-in-Law" and "Releasing the Sons" from "The Magic Lotus Lantern".
The cast will include Bai Xuemei, Bai Xuehong, Yuen Siu-fai, Ng Chin-fung, Li Fung, Nam Fung, Liang Yaoan, Peng Chiquan and Sun Kim-long.
Dubbed the "supreme divo", Pak Kui-wing was a Cantonese opera legend in the 1930s. He was known for his impressive panache, vivid acting and the unique personae of scholar and emperor roles. He had an idiosyncratic style created by replacing the falsetto voice with the natural voice, and developed new vocalising techniques and beat patterns. His stylistic school shared popularity with those of his two famous contemporaries, Sit Kok-sin and Ma Sze-tsang, in Cantonese opera.
"Operatic Rendezvous - A Tribute to the Late Cantonese Opera Divo Pak Kui Wing" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Tickets priced at $100, $160, $220 and $300 are now available at URBTIX outlets, on the Internet and by telephone credit card 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 students and CSSA recipients are 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/0000043c. Ticketing enquiries can be made on 2734 9009 and telephone credit card bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked online at www.urbtix.hk.
Ends/Wednesday, October 24, 2012