The San Carlo Theatre of Naples is one of the world's oldest opera houses, and its production of Verdi's La Traviata was traditional in both its virtues and its flaws. Grand in scale and distinguished by some magnificent singing, it was over-long and had little of the realism that has revolutionised opera in recent decades.Tuesday, 26 March, 2013, 10:05am
China's first lady is too talented a singer to shun the stage during husband Xi Jinping's presidency, fellow music professionals say. Nor do they see any conflict of interest between singing and state functions.22 Mar 2013 - 1:49pm 2 comments
Opera has developed slowly and steadily to a position of strength in Hong Kong. While it can't match the popularity of other Western performing arts like classical music and ballet, it has carved a distinct niche for itself here. But opera in Hong Kong now faces a new challenge as first and even second-tier mainland cities splurge on expensive new theatres devoted to the art form.18 Mar 2013 - 11:06am
Philippe Arlaud directs Opera HK's production of Georges Bizet's opera about a a fiery-tempered Gypsy cigarette girl who falls for a bullfighter even while winning the heart of a military officer. Starring Rinat Shaham (left, who performs in the evening shows) and Aurhelia Varak (matinee show). A Le French May programme. In French with Chinese and English surtitles.6 May 2012 - 12:00am
Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts March 24 Academy Drama Theatre
A rarely performed masterpiece became a cause celebre last weekend at Hong Kong's top performing arts institute.28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
Bavarian State Opera, Cosi Fan Tutte Cultural Centre Grand Theatre, Feb 23
There is no satisfactory English translation for the Italian title of Mozart's opera Cosi Fan Tutte, which literally means 'Thus do all women'.27 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
Dieter Dorn directs the Bavarian State Opera's production of Mozart's comic opera (above) about two men who, following the promptings of an arch-manipulator, decide to test the constancy of their lovers; Mark Wigglesworth conducts the Bavarian State Orchestra. A HK Arts Festival programme. In Italian with Chinese and English surtitles.19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
Catrin Aur at the Opera City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
1. Wayfaring Stranger - Emmylou Harris
My playlist is never without Emmylou. A little bit of country, a little bit of rock'n' roll and a whole lot of soulfulness; she defies conventions without posturing as rebellious.
2. My Humps - Alanis Morissette15 May 2011 - 12:00am
Classical in Cinema brings some of the greatest classical music shows to the big screen.
Using cutting edge technology, the series captures concerts and operas in high definition. Opera giants including Placido Domingo and Anna Netrebko spring to life right before your eyes.14 Mar 2011 - 12:00am
De Waart conducts Zemlinsky's Lyric Symphony Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall Reviewed: Feb 251 Mar 2011 - 12:00am
Hong Kong's opera fans will get a chance to see French composer Georges Bizet's Carmen next month.
The show will be live and in 3-D. Well, sort of live but definitely in stunning 3-D.23 Feb 2011 - 12:00am
The Italian coloratura mezzo-soprano performs romantic songs from 19th-century Italy and France by composers such as Rossini, Bellini and Bizet, Feb 22, 8pm; and works by composers including Scarlatti, Porpora and Handel, Feb 24, 8pm. Both concerts: pianist Sergio Ciomei accompanies. A HK Arts Festival programme. Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$280-HK$1,280 Urbtix.20 Feb 2011 - 12:00am
Baroque enthusiasts, brace for a double dose of excitement this month as British countertenor Michael Chance (below) makes his Hong Kong debut, then holds a master class for aspiring vocalists.9 Jan 2011 - 12:00am
Time was when we'd go to a cinema to see a film, the theatre for the performing arts and a pub or concert hall for a gig, but now technology is bringing down the barriers between the arts.6 Jan 2011 - 12:00am