TICKET CATEGORY & PRICES
- Talk @ Kreta Ayer CC - $11.00
- Performances - Category 1 - $52.00
- Performances - Category 2 - $32.00
- Performances - Category 3 - $21.00
- Performances - Category 4 - $11.00
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In pursuance of CTC’s vision of “Developing Tomorrow’s Chinese Opera”, CTC, in collaboration with the China Guangzhou Hong Dow Cantonese Opera Troupe and Kreta Ayer Community Club, will present Singapore Cantonese Opera Festival from 30 June -2 July 2017 at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Auditorium.
The objectives are firstly, to present quality Cantonese Opera performances to the Singapore audience; secondly, to enhance appreciation of the aesthetics of Cantonese Opera; thirdly, to generate greater interest in Chinese Opera and stimulate enthusiasm to develop Chinese Opera, and fourthly, to demonstrate CTC’s effort in innovating and making Chinese Opera relevant in our society.
Opening the Festival on 30 June 2017 will be a creative full-length opera “The Lady Magistrate Xie Yao Huan” written by homegrown playwright Leslie Wong about an intriguing episode of administration of criminal justice during the reign of Woman Emperor Wu Ze Tian in the Tang Dynasty. Directed by renowned opera director Chen Xiao Mei from China, the opera features See Too Hoi Siang, CTC’s lead actress who has won both “The Outstanding Young Person In Singapore Award” and “The Outstanding Young Person In The World Award” in succession for cultural achievement, and Frances Wong Kum Yeng, a bank officer. The opera also showcases innovation of opera percussion music as well as singing. The opera production also features Chinese Opera students from the Cantonese Opera course conducted by See Too Hoi Siang at Kreta Ayer Community Club performing minor roles to gain stage experience.
Next in the Festival programme will be another full-length opera “The Spirit Temptress Nie Xiao Xian” on 1 July 2017 written by Mr Norman Cheung, a retired civil servant groomed by Joanna Wong to write Cantonese Opera. Directed by Joanna Wong, the opera features a pair of talents Chan Mei Yin (from Kreta Ayer CC) and Chan Mei Leng, both groomed by Joanna Wong to assume lead roles. The opera showcases skillful martial art display.
The third performance on 2 July 2017 entitled “Cantonese Opera Spectacular” comprises opera excerpts and a song featuring upcoming talents nurtured by Joanna Wong and See Too Hoi Siang as well as veteran artists like Kwan Siu Ping. For example, the programme features Tina Wong in “Reunion At The Broken Bridge”, Gary Ong in “Adventures of General Di Ching”, Ian Kwok in “A Win-Win Battle”, Janet Wong and Mandy Chung in “Farewell To A Captive Emperor”, Lo Siu Ling in a song “Poetry As The Matchmaker” written by Leslie Wong, and Ang Cheng Hong in “Dream Of The Red Mansion”. Veteran artist Nancy Li will display her exceptional martial art skills in “Stealing The Box”.
It is pertinent to point out that this is the first time two creative full-length Cantonese Operas written by two homegrown playwrights are presented side by side in Singapore. Surtitles in Chinese and English will be used for all performances.
To help enhance literacy and knowledge of Cantonese Opera, Leslie Wong will conduct a talk at the Kreta Ayer CC on 18 June 2017 at 2.00pm as a prelude to the Festival.
Tickets are priced at $50, $30, $20, & $10 for performances and Admission Charge of $10.00 flat rate for the talk are available online through ticketing agent Botempus and Chinese Opera Teahouse at 5 Smith Street in Chinatown. Senior citizens, students and members of PAssion Card are entitled to 20% discount.