Zhuo Wenjun

Vera Ma

Sima Xiangru (司馬相如), a famous cifu (辭賦) master in the Han Dynasty, is experiencing setbacks in his career. On a visit to Linqiong (臨邛), he plays a song expressing his search for love. Zhuo Wenjun(卓文君), a young widow, is blown away by his music and falls in love with him. Both are so smitten by each other that they decide to break free from all the conventions and elope. That night, they go to a far away place to set up a wine shop to earn a living so that Xiangru can go to the capital to take the Civil Exam. Wenjun pines for her lover and expresses her lovesickness in this song.
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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