Four Stylistic Schools of Xiaosheng Roles in Yue Opera - Chinese Opera Festival 2014

2014-06-25 19:30 - 2014-06-29 22:00

Four Stylistic Schools of Xiaosheng Roles in Yue Opera - Chinese Opera Festival 2014

When: 25-28 Jun 2014 19:30
Where: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

When: 29 Jun Sun 2014 19:30
Where: Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall

Seeking Vengeance from Trials of Love - Chen Fei

Seeking Vengeance from Trials of Love - Chen Fei

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In Yue Opera (also known as "Shaoxing Opera"), the vocal styles of actors in xiaosheng (young male roles) can be categorized into four main schools after the four legendary stars: Yin Guifang, Fan Ruijuan, Xu Yulan and Lu Jinhua. The Yin school is open yet lyrical, with each utterance of a word controlling the vocal delivery; the Fan school is robust and natural-voiced, with emphasis on pacing and accentuation; the Xu school is sonorant and expressive, with emotions woven into the vocal delivery and therefore highly infectious; the Lu school emphasizes the vocalizing techniques, and is distinguished by its 'nasal resonance', 'back-of-head tones' and 'gutteral resonance'.

Seeking out His Wife at the Mulberry Orchard and Fortune-telling from He Wenxiu - Zhao Zhigang

Seeking out His Wife at the Mulberry Orchard and Fortune-telling from He Wenxiu - Zhao Zhigang

For this year's Festival, four representative xiaosheng actors in Yue Opera - Zhao Zhigang, Wu Fenghua, Zhang Xiaojun and Xu Biaoxin - will partner some of the best dan (female roles) actors to present gems in Yue Opera: The Butterfly Lovers, Southeast the Peacock Flies, Seeking out His Wife at the Mulberry Orchard and Fortune-telling, The Dream of the Red Chamber, Fang Qing Visits His Aunt and more. It is a star-studded occasion and a sumptuous feast for Yue Opera fans.

Burying Flowers from The Dream of the Red Chamber - Chen Xiaohong

Burying Flowers from The Dream of the Red Chamber - Chen Xiaohong

25 June Wed, 29 June Sun 19:30 
The Butterfly Lovers
cast: Wu Fenghua, Zhao Zhigang, Zhang Xiaojun, Xu Biaoxin, Chen Fei, Wu Suying, Chen Shi, Yu Weiping, Pan Qin

 

26 Jun Thu 19:30
excerpts
Fang Qing Visits His Aunt from The Pearl Pagoda
cast: Xu Biaoxin, Pan Qin

Seeking Vengeance from Trials of Love
cast: Chen Fei

Burying Flowers from The Dream of the Red Chamber
cast: Zhang Xiaojun, Chen Xiaohong

At the Study from The Aloeswood Fan
cast: Wu Fenghua, Wu Suying

Chen Sanliang Tortured in a Trial from A Pure Spirit
cast: Zhao Zhigang, Xu Biaoxin, Chen Shi

Burning the Manuscripts and Mourning Daiyu from The Dream of the Red Chamber - Zhang Xiaojun

Burning the Manuscripts and Mourning Daiyu from The Dream of the Red Chamber - Zhang Xiaojun

27 Jun Fri 19:30
Southeast the Peacock Flies
cast: Wu Fenghua, Chen Fei, Pan Qin

 

28 Jun Sat 19:30 
Excerpts
Catching Wang Kui Alive from Trials of Love
cast: Xu Biaoxin, Chen Fei

Burning the Manuscripts and Mourning Daiyu from The Dream of the Red Chamber
cast: Zhang Xiaojun, Chen Xiaohong

Seeking out His Wife at the Mulberry Orchard and Fortune-telling from He Wenxiu
cast: Zhao Zhigang, Chen Shi

Torturing Kouzhu from How a Dead Cat Was Substituted for a New-born Prince
cast: Wu Fenghua, Wu Suying

 

Tips
With Chinese and English surtitles.
Each performance lasts approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

 

Enquiries
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Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Price: $420/$320/$220/$120
Tel: 852-27342009
Add: 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tsuen Wan Town Hall
Price: $360/$280/$200/$120
Tel: 852-24140144
Add: 72 Tai Ho Road, Tsuen Wan, N.T., Hong Kong

 

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