Lam Fung, pictured here in 2014, became the HK Phil’s director of artistic planning in 2017. Photo: May Tse

Hong Kong Philharmonic fires programme head Lam Fung, despite pledge to work closer with local talents

  • The HK Phil did not offer reasons for the sudden dismissal of Lam, who received a “perfectly fine” appraisal in March and had had no warnings
  • His dismissal directly contradicts what music director Jaap van Zweden said last month about it being “very important” to work with local talent
Topic |   Art

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Lam Fung, pictured here in 2014, became the HK Phil’s director of artistic planning in 2017. Photo: May Tse
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Leporello (Joseph Barron) and Donna Elvira (Louise Kwong) in a scene from Opera Hong Kong's production of Don Giovanni by director Jean-Louis Grinda. Photo: Opera Hong Kong

Opera as it should be: no contemporary setting, Aids ward or bombast in this Don Giovanni production

  • Opera Hong Kong’s simple, conservative production of Mozart’s ‘serious comedy’ allowed the work to speak for itself – quite a radical idea these days
  • Richard Ollarsaba as the decadent don and Joseph Barron as his wing man excelled, and the women characters were more than the usual one-dimensional comic foils
Topic |   Performing arts in Hong Kong

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Leporello (Joseph Barron) and Donna Elvira (Louise Kwong) in a scene from Opera Hong Kong's production of Don Giovanni by director Jean-Louis Grinda. Photo: Opera Hong Kong
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