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Acclaimed arts critic Chow Fan-fu to share experience in opera appreciation

     The noted arts critic Chow Fan-fu will deliver a lecture series entitled "All about Love in Western Opera: 6S - The Secret Key to the World of Opera Classics" (to be conducted in Cantonese) from January to April.

     Chow has devised the "6S" approach on the basis of his many years of opera appreciation experience. Through discussion of nine opera classics on the various aspects of love, Chow's in-depth lectures will share the ways to appreciate and enjoy the great art of the opera.

     Opera is a complex, multidisciplinary art form integrating elements of music, literature and poetry (libretto), theatre (dramaturgy and acting), visual arts (stage design, lighting and costume design) and dance. It is not only an art form which is generally regarded as the most august and sublime genre in Western music, but also impresses the listener with music of magnificent beauty and a grandeur that is beyond words.

     Chow is widely known in the Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau and has hosted numerous well-received music lectures. Since 1982, he has been hosting a variety of classical music and cultural programmes on Radio Television Hong Kong's Radio 4. In 2006, Chow was appointed by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) as a member of the Consultative Committee for the West Kowloon Cultural District under the Performing Arts and Tourism sub-groups. In 2011, he was awarded a Medal of Honour by the HKSAR Government for his continued and tireless efforts in the promotion of classical music and the appreciation of the arts. Chow has written several books including "Ten Years of Cultural Life in Macao - Critiques and Reviews" and "Years of Beautiful Music - the Story of Barbara Fei". His book "Music with Love: the 30th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra" was listed as one of the "Ten Best Books of 2005".  

     Each talk will feature video screenings from the opera being discussed to enhance interest and appeal. Details of the lectures are as follows:

January 29 (Wednesday)
Puccini (1858-1924) - "La Bohme"

February 5 (Wednesday)
Puccini (1858-1924) - "Madama Butterfly"

February 12 (Wednesday)
Gounod (1818-1893) - "Romo et Juliette"

February 19 (Wednesday)
Bizet (1838-1875) - "Carmen"

February 26 (Wednesday)
Mozart (1756-1791) - "Le nozze di Figaro"

March 12 (Wednesday)
Mozart (1756-1791) - "Die Zauberfl?te"

March 19 (Wednesday)
Wagner (1813-1883) - "Lohengrin"

March 26 (Wednesday)
Wagner (1813-1883) - "Das Rheingold"

April 2 (Wednesday)
Wagner (1813-1883) - "Parsifal"

     All lectures will start at 7.30pm in the Lecture Hall of the Hong Kong Space Museum. Each talk will be about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Tickets priced at $50 (for each talk) are now available at all 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 full-time students and CSSA recipients are available on a first-come, first-served basis). A maximum discount of 20 per cent is offered for the group booking package; please refer to programme leaflets for details.

     For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7321, or visit . For ticketing enquiries, please call 2734 9009. For telephone credit card bookings, please call 2111 5999. For Internet bookings, please visit .

Ends/Sunday, December 29, 2013
Issued at HKT 10:00


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