Vera Ma (馬張麗寶)

Vera is a senior civil servant. As a child, she loved singing Cantonese opera and often had fun assuming the male role when singing with her sister Angela in imitation of their idols Yam Kim- Fai and Pak Suet-Sin. After becoming a wife and mother, she put aside her hobby so as to devote to her family and career.

As her children grew up, Vera was encouraged by her sister to pick up singing again. In 2015 she formally became a student of Master Lau Wing-Chuen and learned to sing in the traditional method. In doing so, she has rediscovered her own beautiful female singing voice.

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.

2020 Benefit Concert
Embroidering the Fragrant Sachet
Tears on Poem Written at Night
Looking for the Lost Purple Hairpin
Farewell
The Trial at the Execution Ground
The song that Charms Marshall Chow
Love Commencing from a Simple Act of Kindness
DaiYu's Swan Song
My Life Ruined Just for Love
Rendezvous on the Terrace

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