Reviews: La Traviata

Reviews: La Traviata

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

Opera world hopes China's first lady will carry on singing

Peng Liyuan sings the title role in Mulan. Photo: SCMP

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

Hong Kong opera trying to find its voice to keep up with other cities

Star performer Li Yang (centre) during a dress rehearsal of The Cunning Little Vixen at the Academy for Performing Arts in Wan Chai. The opera opens tomorrow. Photo: Felix Wong

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

All-student show offers a night to remember

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

Struggling to stay true to the magic of Mozart

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

Cosi Fan Tutte

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

Young Welsh soprano hits top notes with ease

Catrin Aur at the Opera City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Sam Ho, programme manager, HK Film Archive

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 Morissette

15 May 2011 - 12:00am

Masterpiece operas coming to a cinema near you

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

De Waart conducts Zemlinsky's Lyric Symphony Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall Reviewed: Feb 25

1 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

New way to enjoy popular work

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

Cecilia Bartoli

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

Seize the Chance

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

The buzz

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