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Peking opera virtuosi to perform masterpieces in January

     The Peking Opera Theatre of Beijing and opera virtuosi including outstanding exponents of the Mei Lanfang School will perform Peking Opera Classics in January 2009.

     Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the shows will feature numerous awarding-winning Peking Opera virtuosi who are National Class One Performers.

     They include Zhang Xuejin, a disciple of Ma Lianliang, the master of laosheng (old male) roles in Peking Opera; Li Yufu, a disciple of Mei Lanfang; Li Changchun, who specialises in “hualian” (painted face) roles of the Qiu (Shengrong) stylistic school; Li Mingyan, a fine exponent of Li’s stylistic school of interpreting “laodan” (old female) roles; Ye Jinyuan, a virtuoso Peking Opera artist; Huang Dehua, a disciple of Sun Shengwu in “chou” (comic) roles; Li Hongtu, a disciple of Ye Shaolan in “xiaosheng” (young civil male) roles; Dong Yuanyuan, a disciple of Mei Baojiu and the son of Mei Lanfang; Zhu Qiang, an exponent of the Ma (Lianliang) stylistic school in “laosheng” (old male) roles; Chen Junjie, an outstanding artist of the Qiu (Shengrong) stylistic school of hualian (painted face) roles; Huang Yanzhong, a renowned performer specialising in “hualian” (painted face) roles; Shang Wei, a disciple of Mei Baojiu; and Huang Baixue, a famous artist specialising in “wenchou” (civil comic) roles.

     Detailed information of the “Peking Opera Classics” is as follows:

January 2, 2009 (Friday)
Excerpts from the Opera – “The Hanjin Crossing”, “Beating Cheng Ying from The Orphan of the Zhao’s”, “Flying Tiger Mountain”, “Feigning Lunacy from The Cosmic Sword”, “Retrieving a Lost Seal by a False Fire”

January 3, 2009 (Saturday)
“The Lady General Mu Guiying Leads Her Army to War”

January 4, 2009 (Sunday)
Excerpts from the Opera – “Fushan”, “Lian Jinfeng”, “Beating the Dragon Robe”, “Crossing the Ravine from The Lady Generals of the Yang Family”, “The Emperor Gives Audience”

     Performances will be at 7.30pm at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Tickets priced at $350, $240, $180 and $100 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens aged 60 or over, people with disabilities, 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 package purchase discount, please refer to the programme leaflet for details.

     For programme enquiries, call 2268 7325; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009. Internet bookings are available at For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Visit for more information on the programme.

Ends/Thursday, October 16, 2008


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