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Shanghai troupe to showcase Kunqu opera

The renowned Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe will be in Hong Kong in August for four performances to showcase a series of Kunqu repertoire and excerpts.

A presentation of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the show will take place at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall.

Actors involved in the performances are all National Class One performers. They will play the tragic love story "The Palace of Eternal Life" on August 11 (Thursday), excerpts from various opera on August 12 (Friday), "The Butterfly's Dream" on August 13 (Saturday) and "Winning the Hand of the Top Beauty" on August 14 (Sunday). All performances will start at 7.30pm with lyrics and dialogue with Chinese and English subtitles.

Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe was established in 1978 on the framework of the former Shanghai Youth Peking and Kunqu Opera Troupe. The members were mainly graduates of the Shanghai City Chinese Opera School. The troupe's founding director was maestro Yu Zhenfei, and the incumbent company director is Cai Zhengren. It has a strong cast of veterans in Kunqu and was presented with a 'Number One Award in Reviving Kunqu Opera' by the Ministry of Culture and has been commended as 'a first class troupe with first class performers, first class repertory and first class performances'.

Kunqu, a 500-year art form, was listed in the "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

Tickets priced from $100 to $320 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues. There will also be group booking discounts: 10% for four to nine tickets, 15% for 10 to 19 tickets, 20% for 20 tickets or more.

For enquiries about the programme and the associated events (pre-performance and post-performance talks, a series of educational talks on Kunqu), call 2268 7323 or visit . Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked online at .

Ends/Saturday, June 25, 2005

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