Wan Fei-Yin (尹飛燕), M.H.

Wan Fei-Yin is a home-grown star in Hong Kong playing the role of the female lead in Cantonese opera. She became a student of this heritage performing art in the 1960s, having studied under the tutelage of many great teachers, including Masters Wong Yue-Sang, Ng Sik-Yi, Ng Kung-Hup and Tam San-San, learning all aspects of this art form. Later she learned the military fighting acts from Maters Yam Tai-Fun and Ma Yuk-Kei, as well as learning the northern kung-fu style from Lau Tsun. She started to play the principal female role in 1978, and her melodious singing has great appeal.

In 2005 she invited several famous male actors to put on a successful touring operatic show to mark her 40th anniversary in this field. In recent years she has directed many new operas, such as “Empress Filial Piety”, “A Handful of Snow”, The Poetry of Yau Pavilion”, etc. Her production of “Your Majesty the Emperor” for the 2015 Chinese Opera Festival received rave reviews. She did not only performed in this production as an actress, but was also the playwright and director.

For her many public services in promoting Cantonese opera and contribution as an artist, Wan Fei-Yin was awarded a Medal of Honour (M.H.) by the Government of Hong Kong, SAR, and was also named “Artist of the Year (Opera)” by the Hong Kong Art Development Council.

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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