Chinese Opera

Deciding the future of Cantonese opera

Cantonese opera faces great challenges despite its 1,000 years of history.

At an arts festival discussion last year about audience building, Ursula Gessat, head of the Bavarian State Opera's education department, was asked about her achievements over the past 10 years.

Monday, 1 April, 2013, 9:46am

Chinese opera theatre name sparks fears of ‘mainlandisation’

A model of the new Chinese opera theatre is displayed in the Central Government Offices in December. Photo: Sam Tsang

The use of a Putonghua term as part of the English name of the new Chinese opera theatre that will be part Hong Kong’s multi-billion dollar cultural hub has touched the nerves of internet users concerned about the “mainlandisation” of the facility.

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Gan Opera Theatre of Jiangxi Province

The Chinese opera troupe performs: The Story of the Wooden Hairpin (left), Aug 3; various opera excerpts, Aug 4; and The Injustice Done to Dou E, Aug 5. In traditional stage language of central China with influences from regional dialects of Jiangxi with Chinese and English surtitles. 7.30pm, HK City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, HK$100-HK$240 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7325

15 Aug 2012 - 10:56pm

Tianjin Song Art Troupe

Li Shaojie (left) and other members of the Chinese Opera music troupe perform Quyi (aka 'song art'), involving storytelling and singing, with music or percussion accompaniment. In northern Chinese dialects with Chinese surtitles and English synopsis. Jul 30-31, 7.30pm, 7.30pm, HK City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, HK$100-HK$220 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7325

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

No 1 Troupe of the China National Peking Opera Company

The Chinese opera troupe performs: The Drunken Royal Concubine and Beating with a Gold Brick (with Li Shengsu, left), Jul 20, 7.30pm; Wu Zixu, Jul 21, 2.30pm; The Shoe Story, Jul 21, 7.30pm; and The Wild Boar Forest, Jul 22, 7.30pm. In Beijing dialect with Chinese and English surtitles. HK Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$100-HK$350 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7325

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Jingkun Theatre

Kunqu master Yu Zhenfei's disciples, Cai Zhengren and Tang Yuen-ha (left), star in performances of Kunqu opera excerpts: Beating the Flower Drum; Looking Homeward (from Su Wu Herding Sheep); The Portrait, Finding the Portrait, Calling Upon the Picture, The Phantom Union and The Elopement (from The Peony Pavilion). In artificial stage language with Chinese and English surtitles.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Suzhou Kunqu Opera Theatre of Jiangsu Province

Yu Jiulin, Lu Jia and Zhu Yingyuan star in The Story of the West Chamber (Southern Qu), Jun 15; Shen Fengying (far left) and Zhou Xuefeng star in The Palace of Eternal Life, Jun 16; and Wang Shiyu, Wang Fang, Zhang Shizheng, Tao Hongzhen and others perform Cancelling the Birthday Celebrations (from The Pavilion of Chanting in the Wind), The Shock of an Ugly Face (from The Mistake Caused by a Ki

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

From Generation to Generation: The Legacy of Kunqu Maestro Yu Zhenfei

The Shanghai Kungu Opera Troupe and artists from The HK Home of Art Charitable Foundation (including Li An, right) perform kunqu opera excerpts including: By the Lake Side (from Winning the Beauty Nonpareil) and Longing for the Homeland (from The Shepherd's Tale), Today, 7.30pm; and Mourning Imperial Concubine Yang (from The Place of Eternal Youth), Nov 28, 7.30pm.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Opera fisticuffs misfire

Brotherhood, honour, love, and revenge are only a few of the lazily advanced themes in Gao Xiaosong's My Kingdom (Da Wu Sheng)

25 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Northern Kunqu Opera Theatre

The Chinese opera troupe performs: The Story of the West Chamber (New version, left), Jul 8; and various opera excerpts, Jul 9-10. All shows: in artificial stage language with Chinese and English surtitles. 7.30pm, Kwai Tsing Theatre, 12 Hing Ning Rd, Kwai Chung, HK$100-HK$350 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7325

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Qi Opera Theatre of Hunan

The Chinese opera troupe performs opera excerpts including Wu Dalang Peddles Cakes and Sima Shi Purges the Court (left), Jun 17; and Mu Lian Rescues His Mother, Jun 18. Both shows: in regional dialect with Chinese and English surtitles. 7.30pm, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, HK$100-HK$240 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7325

17 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

An Operatic Legacy - Sowcase of Kunqu Opera Classic Excerpts

Members of the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe (including Ji Zhenhua, above), Jiangsu Kunqu Opera Institute, Suzhou Kunqu Opera Theatre of Jiangsu and China Kunqu Opera Museum perform excerpts from: Invocation to the Gods (from Returning the Gold Bangle), Writing a Poem (from The Soup that Cures Jealousy), At Nanpu River (from The Story of the Lute), Storming the Chamber (from The Palace of Eternal

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Fresh story breathes new life into Tang opera tale

The Last Emperor of Southern Tang Cultural Centre Ends tonight

A new story structure and a strong narrative have given fresh perspective to the debate over innovation and preservation of traditional Cantonese opera.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

CHANGING FACE OF AN OPERA

Sichuan Opera is characterised by a celebration of colourful costumes, acrobatic flips and gestures, and a bag of magic tricks, including such feats as third eyes, fire-spitting, knife-hiding and, above all, the secret art of bian lian or face changing.

26 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

The Peony Pavilion

The Peony Pavilion Bando Tamasaburo and Suzhou Kunqu Opera Theatre of Jiangsu Province Kwai Tsing Theatre Reviewed: Nov 19

Japan's kabuki and China's kunqu are two of the world's oldest and most refined theatre forms. The New Vision Arts Festival offered something of both with a Sino-Japanese version of Chinese opera classic The Peony Pavilion.

23 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

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