Chung Lai-Yung (鍾麗蓉)

Chung Lai-Yung is a very well-known Cantonese opera singer and actress in Hong Kong. Early in her career she was recognized as one of the "Three Treasures” in the world of Cantonese Opera. Later she was mentored by master singers Ma Zhizheng and He Fefan.

With her crisp, delicate and graceful feminine voice and distinctive singing style, Chung Lai-Yung was promoted to play the role of a female lead, and has been gracing the stage of Cantonese opera ever since.

Included among the operas in which she has performed are: "The Beauty of an Age” and "Red Candles as the Flickering Lamp at the Shrine for Buddha". She has also produced many albums and is an outstanding singer in the Red style named after diva Red Thread Girl.

Wong Chiu-Kwan |
  王超群, M.H.

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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