U Sing Cantonese Opera Pavilion was founded in 2013 to promote the art of traditional Cantonese opera through lectures, courses and live performances. Its purpose is to promote the understanding and appreciation for Cantonese opera – a traditional art form recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity – to people of different age groups so that this valuable heritage will remain a living and growing one.

Charitable activities organized by U Sing Cantonese Opera Pavilion include Cantonese Opera Symposium, Cantonese Opera Jam Sessions for Seniors, Cantonese Opera Benefit Concerts for Seniors, and the annual trans-Pacific Cantonese opera project called “Multi Voices One Heart” (MVOH).

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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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