At the onset of a new wave of COVID-19, theatres in Hong Kong poised to reopen have to close again, resulting in the cancellation of many long-awaited and re-scheduled Cantonese operatic shows. To assuage the disappointment of fans in Hong Kong and around the globe, the MVOH organizers offer a series of talks to enhance fans’ understanding and appreciation of selected songs from the MVOH 2020 concert. Speakers including Master Lau Wing-Chuen and several veteran Cantonese opera stars will highlight interesting aspects of the songs chosen and provide insightful commentary in Cantonese. Fans can ask questions via live chat.
The first talk will be live-streamed in 2 parts as follows:
Part I: An Intro to the Series
Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Time: 8:00-8:30 PM (Hong Kong Time)
Hosts: Mrs Angela Keung & Ms Karen Ng
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In the mid-1960s, Wong Chiu-Kwan learned the art of acting from Master Tam San-San, who excelled in playing the role of the female lead in Cantonese opera. She studied “cheung hong” from Master Lau Wing-Chuen. In the 1980s she performed throughout South East Asia, and became a leading female artist in Cantonese opera after she returned to Hong Kong in the nineties. She is famous for playing female military roles, especially as the general on bound feet. Over the years she has partnered with many leading male artists, including Man Chi- Sui, Yuen Siu-Fai, Lo Ka-Ying, Ng Chin-Fung, Lung Kwun-Tin, Lee Lung, among others in forming various Cantonese Opera Troupes.
Apart from being famous for her mastery of the art of performing on bound feet, she is also recognized for her contributions in promoting Cantonese opera education and community work. In 2010 she was honoured as The Artist of the Year (Opera) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and awarded a certificate by the Home Affairs Bureau; in 2018 she was appointed as the Artistic Director of the Cantonese Opera Rookies’ Performance Series hosted by the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong.
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