Teresa Carpio

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 August, 2008, 12:00am

Shouson Theatre

August 19, 7.45pm

A child star herself, veteran diva Teresa Carpio is now bringing on a whole new generation of stars.

Hong Kong's 1970s queen of English pop appears next week with students from her Toronto-based Teresa Carpio International School of Performing Arts in I Like to Teach the World to Sing. The show will feature many of the classic songs the singer - dubbed the 'Aretha Franklin of Asia' in her heyday - made famous locally, such as When Will I See You Again and Fly Me to the Moon.

Carpio, who won Hong Kong's first talent quest at the age of six, has voice coached many Hong Kong stars, including Sandy Lam Yik-lin, Sammi Cheng Sau-man and Gigi Leung Wing-kei. But few have found fame as young as Carpio: by 11 she was hosting her own shows in Tahiti, and by 18 was known across Asia from Malaysia to Japan.

The singer successfully embraced Canto-pop when it emerged, ensuring her local appeal would last for decades. She hosted a variety show on TVB, and even appeared in the stage musical version of I Have a Date With Spring.

This year, she was awarded the Golden Needle at the RTHK 30th Top Ten Chinese Music Awards in recognition of her lifetime contribution to the Hong Kong music industry.

I Like to Teach the World to Sing will also be a family affair for Carpio: the cast includes two of her daughters, Alexias and Serena. That's in keeping with the musical tradition of the Carpio family: her Filipino father was a jazz drummer, her grandfather a concert violinist and several uncles were professional musicians. She also recorded and performed with several of her siblings during the 70s and 80s.

An evening with Carpio is always a grand event and her one-off show at the Hong Kong Arts Centre's Shouson Theatre is sure to be a hot ticket considering Carpio has had no trouble selling out the 12,000-seat Hong Kong Coliseum on previous occasions.

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