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.