Cantonese Opera Lovers' Tears, Classics Revisited: Cantonese Opera Treasures - The 43rd Hong Kong Arts Festival

2015-03-08 14:30 - 2015-03-15 17:45

Cantonese Opera Lovers' Tears, Classics Revisited: Cantonese Opera Treasures - The 43rd Hong Kong Arts Festival

When: 8 Mar 2015 Sun 14:30
Where: Audiorium, Sha Tin Town Hall

When: 12-13 Mar 2015 Thu-Fri 19:30
Where: Yau Ma Tei Theatre

When: 14 Mar 2015 Sat 19:30, 15 Mar Sun 14:30
Where: Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre

Cantonese Opera Poster


Committed to promoting and preserving Cantonese opera heritage, the HKAF is active in restoring lost classics and supporting emerging talent. This year, two distinct programmes give emerging and veteran performers a platform to showcase their skills and celebrate their training process.

Lovers' Tears Still

Lovers' Tears ©Chow Ka-yee Annie

Lovers' Tears (8, 15 Mar)
Hong Kong's leading Cantonese opera performers come together to bring the rarely performed classic back to the stage. Immortalised in a film version starring Cantonese opera legend Fong Yim-fun, Lovers' Tears is a tragic story about a man who sacrifices his own wife to protect his exiled blood brother's wife, after the brother's family is condemned to death. Full of impassioned singing, this gripping tale of selflessness is also renowned in Beijing opera.

Ping Guai Bids Farewell Still

Ping Guai Bids Farewell ©Chow Ka-yee Annie

Classics Revisited (12-14 Mar)
The four excerpts of this programme are described as "core repertoire" of Cantonese opera. These excerpts contain transferrable elements - characterisation, enunciation, hand gesture, posture and music - that can be applied to other operas with similar narrative scenarios. Every performer must master these excerpts as part of the training. Featuring rising stars of Cantonese opera under the instruction of veteran performers, this programme gives a glimpse into the meticulous apprenticeship in the making of an opera performer.


Artistic Director: Li Che-kei Danny
Percussion Leader: Ko Yun-kuen
Music Leader: Ko Yun-hung
Stage Manager: Leung Wai-hong
Manager: Wong Siu-sang


Lovers' Tears (8, 15 Mar)
Original Script: Li Siu-wan
Script Adaptation: Chow Ka-yee Annie
Main Cast: Lee Lung, Chan Wing-yi, Liu Kwok-sum, Leung Wai-hong, Song Hong-bo, Li Pui-yan


Classics Revisited (12-14 Mar)
The Phoenix Pavilion: Yuen Tak-man, Wong Kit-ching
Sworn in Grotto: Tam Wing-lun, Li Pui-yan
Ping Guai Bids Farewell: Song Hong-bo, King Fa-lui
The Third Wife Giving a Lesson to her Son: Leung Wai-hong, Wong Po-huan, Yuen Sin-ting


Special Notes: Lovers' Tears Approx 3 hrs 15 mins with one interval, With Chinese and English surtitles. Classics Revisited Approx 3 hrs with one interval, With Chinese surtitles and English scene synopses.



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Sha Tin Town Hall
Ticksts: $320/220/140/80
Tel: 852-26942509
Add: 1 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, N.T. Hong Kong

Yau Ma Tei Theatre
Ticksts: $180/100
Tel: 852-22648108
Add: 1/F, Red Brick Building, 8 Waterloo Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Yuen Long Theatre
Ticksts: $300/200/100 (Lovers' Tears)/150/120/80 (Classics Revisited)
Tel: 852-24761029
Add: 9 Yuen Long Tai Yuk Road, N.T., Hong Kong


*Information provided by Hong Kong Arts Festival

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