Bai Qingxian | Chan Kim-fung | Cheng Wing-mui | Fu Shuwang | Ko Lai | Gregory Kwok Kai-fai | Lam Po-chu | Lam Tsz-ching | Lau Wai-ming | Lee Lung | Angel Leung Sum-yee | Li Pui-yan | Liang Zhaoming | Liu Kwok-sum | Lo Lai-See | Loong Koon-tin | Man Po-sum | Nam Fung | Ng Lap-hei | Ruan Dewen | Song Hong-bo | Sun Kim-long | Alan Tam Wing-lun | Tang Mi-ling | To Wing-sum | Dianna Tse Hue-ying | Vong Seng-pan | Wan Fai-yin | Wan Yuk-yu | Wang Gedan | Wang Kit-ching | Wong Hai-wing | Johnson Yuen | Yuen Siu-fai
Bai Qingxian is a senior lecturer in Cantonese opera at the Guangdong Dance and Drama College, formerly the Guangdong Cantonese Opera School where he received his training. After graduating, he was a principal performer with the Hongdou Cantonese Opera Troupe of Guangzhou before returning to teach at his former college in 1995. Besides teaching singing, delivery of lines, stylised movements and guiding rehearsals, he also maintains an active profile on stage, and has won critical acclaim with his solo performances in Guangzhou, Foshan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Chan Kim-fung trained in Cantonese opera under Wan Kuen, Tam San-san and Lee Shiu-wah. He was a member of the Tai Kwan Ying Cantonese Opera Troupe led by Law Ka-ying and Lee Po-ying in 1978, performing young civil male (xiaosheng) roles in over 60 shows in Malaysia and Singapore. He has also performed in Australia, Belgium, Canada, the USA, Southeast Asia, Taiwan and China, including leading a troupe performing in Taiwan in 1979. Chan Kim-fung founded the Fung Ngai Cantonese Opera troupe in 1991.
Cheng Wing-mui received her training under Law Ka-ying, Lee Po-ying and the Chinese percussion master Keung Chi-leung. She has also received stylised movement training from Beijing opera teachers and vocal practice from Lau Kin-wing. In 1988, Cheng Wing-mui established the ‘Good Harvest Cantonese Opera Troupe’ and has performed in Singapore and Malaysia, as well as Hong Kong and Macao. In 2001, she performed in Berlin for ‘The Chinese Festival’.
Fu Shuwang began his training in Cantonese opera when he was nine. He entered the Zhanjiang Little Peacock Cantonese Opera Troupe in 1990 and was trained by the renowned Cantonese opera virtuoso, Kong Queping. He became an actor of chou (comic) roles of the Troupe in 1993 and won a Silver award at the first Zhanjiang Arts Festival with his performance in The Crossroads. He joined the Jiangmen Cantonese Opera Troupe in 2001 and won a Bronze Award at the Youth Cantonese Opera Competition of Guangdong and a Gold Award at the China Azalea Arts Festival for outstanding performances in Mother and Son Reunion on Huashan and Chastising the Princess Again, respectively. He was named an Outstanding Performer in Cantonese Opera of Jiangmen City for seven consecutive years between 2001 and 2007. Fu Shuwang furthered his training at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts between 2013 and 2015 before joining the Young Academy Cantonese Opera Troupe. He specialises in wenwu chou sheng (civil and military comic male) roles and susheng (bearded male) roles. He is adept in all four aspects of performance required in Chinese traditional theatre: singing, acting, delivery of lines and martial arts. His repertoire includes Waylaying the Horse, Fifteen Strings of Cash, The Crossroads and Catching Sanlang Alive.
Ko Lai was the first protégé of the Cantonese opera diva Fung Wong-nui and honed her performance skills through on-the-job training as a junior artist in the Tai Lung Fung and Fung Kau Wong troupes formed by Fung. During the 1980s Ko Lai performed in highly successful tours to Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, the US, Canada and Thailand. She has also performed alongside stars such as Law Ka-ying, Lee Lung, Yuen Siu-fai, Leung Hon-wai and Wan Yuk-yu. Since returning to Hong Kong, she has been a principal of several troupes and is known for her professionalism and immaculate attention to her wardrobe.
Gregory Kwok Kai-fai
Kwok Kai-Fai has been learning Cantonese opera for 15 years since the age of 9. As a young talent , Kwok is apprenticed to Chan Kim-fung and taught by Lui Hung-gwong. Kwok won the golden prize in ‘Asia Cantonese opera Youth Singing Contest’ at the age of 14. He later studied cultural management in England. Since 2010, Kwok has been working as a professional actor who frequently performs in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. Besides, Kwok takes Cantonese opera seriously as his life career and is devoted in Cantonese opera education to children and youngsters.
Lam Po-chu trained in Cantonese opera from childhood under her uncle Lam Kam-tong. She later trained in the martial arts of the Northern School under Yam Tai-fan and in vocal skills under Wong Yuet-sang. She has performed with various Cantonese opera troupes, touring Singapore, Malaysia, the USA and Canada. In recent years, she has been a second lead actress in various major productions, and is highly acclaimed for her vivid portrayal of a wide spectrum of characters.
Lam Tsz-ching holds an Advanced Diploma in Cantonese Opera from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts where she trained in dan (female) roles under Liu Xun, Hui Kin-shun and Cheng Man-ying. In 2004, she went on tour as part of the Academy’s delegation to ‘Asia-Pacific Weeks’ in Berlin, performing in The Monkey King Thrice Beats the Boney Ghost. In the same year, she gave an outstanding performance in the martial arts drama Wu Song the Tiger Killer, and received critical acclaim for her performance in ‘Hong Kong Week’ in Taiwan together with local artists Lee Lung and Sun Kim-long.
Lau Wai-ming is Arts Advisor on the Arts Education Committee of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and a key member of several Cantonese opera associations. She has been an active figure in promoting the genre since 2004, including as guest programme host for the Chinese language radio programme Overseas Chinese Voice in Vancouver, training young artists, producing Cantonese music and creating Cantonese opera productions based on Cantonese feature films. She received the Rising Artist Award – Xiqu from the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards in 2003.
Lee Lung became a formal protégé of the renowned Cantonese opera actor, Chan Fei-nung, when he was nine and went on to perform as lead actor in wenwusheng (military and civil male) roles in the late 1970s. During the 1990s, he formed two troupes, Lung Ka Fung Opera Troupe and Lung Teng Yin Opera Troupe. Lee Lung made his stage drama debut in A Serenade in 2003, and in 2007 performed in the contemporary Cantonese opera musical The Pearl Shirt. A dedicated promoter of Cantonese opera, Lee Lung has been the Artistic Director of the Hong Kong Young Talent Cantonese Opera Troupe since 2008 and is currently Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong.
Angel Leung Sum-yee
Angel began her training in Cantonese opera when she joined the Love and Faith Cantonese Opera Laboratory in 2003. She received vocal training under Lam Kam-tong in 2005, and enrolled in the four-year programme for young performers at The Cantonese Opera Academy of Hong Kong in 2009. Her outstanding performance drew the attention of veteran actress Wan Fai-yin, who accepted her as a protégé in 2011. Angel Leung Sum-yee is currently on the Yau Ma Tei Theatre Venue Partnership Scheme Programme – Cantonese Opera Young Talent Showcase.
Born in New York from a family of Cantonese opera heritage and a graduate from Wellesley College, Li has been taught by numerous famed Cantonese opera performers. Since her debut as principal actress in Floral Princess (Youth Edition) in 2007, she has performed for the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Chinese Opera Festival, Macau Arts Festival as well as the benefit inaugural performance at ASHK's Miller Theatre. She was selected as “Cantonese Opera Rising Star “ by West Kowloon Xiqu Centre in 2014.
Liang Zhaoming is a lead actor who started his training aged 13 with the Zhanjiang Little Phoenix Cantonese Opera Troupe in China under the tutelage of Kong Queping. He became a formal protégé of the renowned artist Lam Kam-tong in 1997. He was the lead actor of the Zhanjiang Cantonese Opera Troupe and won several awards before moving to Hong Kong to continue his career in 2012. He is currently on the Sub-committee (Recreation) of the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong.
Liu Kwok-sum was one of the first graduates from the Hong Kong Cantonese Opera Academy under the tutelages of Yam Tai-Fan and Wong Yuet-sang. He was recognised in his graduate performance in 1982 and joined the ‘Choi Fung Ming Cantonese Opera Troupe’. He is now an experienced actor who has participated in many famous troupes and performed worldwide, including New York and Australia.
Lo Lai-see trained at the Cantonese Opera Academy of Hong Kong under Yam Tai-fan and Chan Man. Since completing the course, she has performed with various Cantonese opera troupes. She joined the Cantonese Opera Young Talent Showcase under the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong Yau Ma Tei Theatre Venue Partnership Scheme and has appeared in many productions, notably The Moon Pavilion, Summer Snow, The Returned Armour and The Double-pearl Phoenix.
Loong Koon-tin is a veteran in Cantonese opera who has led many troupes and productions. His versatility is seen in his multiple roles as recording artist and actor in stage and television dramas. He is Artistic Director of the Yau Ma Tei Theatre Venue Partnership Scheme Programme – Cantonese Opera Young Talent Showcase and was presented with a Commendation Certificate by the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2013. Loong is currently Vice-chairman of the Chinese Artists Association, a member of the Cantonese Opera Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Xiqu Group of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and a member of the Community Panel of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department Audience Building Schemes. He was awarded a Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2016.
Man Po-sum trained in Cantonese opera under Law Ka-fung. He acquired a repertoire of comic Cantonese songs from Liu Chi-wai, and performed at the Kai Tak Amusement Park for 20 years. He returned to Cantonese opera when he was in his forties, joining the troupe founded by Man Chin-sui in 1976. He is a much sought-after actor of comic roles and was popularly acclaimed on his tours to Los Angeles in 2016 and 2017.
Nam Fung received vocal training under Wong Yuet-sang in 1963. She learned stylised movements from Tam San-san and martial arts of the Northern School from Fen Kuk-fa. In recent years she has refined her artistic skills under Ho Mung-lee. In the 1980s, Nam Fung was on the cast of the Chung San Sing Cantonese Opera Troupe. In 1994 she formally attained the status of female principal (zhengyin huadan) and is acclaimed for her sensitive acting and insightful reading of the characters she portrays.
Ng Lap-hei completed the four-year programme for young performers at The Cantonese Opera Academy of Hong Kong and is currently on the Yau Ma Tei Theatre Venue Partnership Scheme Programme – Cantonese Opera Young Talent Showcase. He received vocal training under Wong Yee-man, and stylised movements training under Yeung Ming, Zhou Zhenbang, Guan Shizhen, He Jiayao and Tsai Chi-wei. He won the top award in the Lim Por Yen Trophy – Cantonese Opera Excerpt Division and the Hong Kong Youth Cultural and Arts Competition in 2011.
Ruan has studied at both Zhanjiang Arts School and Guangdong Cantonese Opera School. In 2008, he was awarded a full grant to further his studies on the Chinese Opera Study Programme at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 2014, he won the Outstanding Performance Award at the Rising Stars in Cantonese Opera Showcase organised by the West Kowloon Cultural District.
Song Hong-Bo graduated from the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts with an Advanced Diploma in Cantonese Opera Performance. He has studied under Liu Xun, Hui Kin-shun, Cheung Si-kit and Leung Duck-tin and has.been the male protagonist in many famous troupes. He has performed in Imperial General Saving the Country, Chaos in Chingchu Temple, Getting through Three Gates in the Winter Storm, The Battle of the Qiu River and Wong Fei-fu Breaching the Five Passes.
Sun Kim-long is a veteran actor, producer and librettist in Cantonese opera. He is Artistic Director of the Yau Ma Tei Theatre Venue Partnership Scheme Programme – Cantonese Opera Young Talent Showcase and gives talks in primary and secondary schools. In addition is a member of the Cantonese Opera Advisory Committee and is on the Executive Committee of the Cantonese Opera Development Fund. He was presented with a commendation award by the Home Affairs Bureau the Hong Kong SAR Government for his contribution to the community in 2009. He is currently Vice-chairman of the Chinese Artists’ Association of Hong Kong.
Alan Tam Wing-lun
Tam Wing-lun has been learning Cantonese opera since the age of 2. He joined the Hong Kong Children And Juvenile Chinese Opera Troupe at the age of 3 and taught by Cheung Bo-wah and Lui Hung-kwong etc.. Tam learns singing from Lam Kam-tong and has won several awards in Cantonese Operatic Song of the School Music Festivals. In 2010, Tam joined the Hong Kong Cantonese Opera Academy and participated in professional troupes such as ‘Hing Fung Ming Cantonese Opera Troupe’ and ‘Yam-Pak Charitable Foundation’ etc.. Tam also performs in Singapore and Malaysia. In 2013, Tam received the Rising Artist Award - Xiqu from Hong Kong Art Development Council.
Tang Mi-ling comes from a family with a strong Cantonese Opera tradition, with family elders such as Leung Hon-wai, Leung Siu-sum and Man Chin-sui. She trained at the Cantonese Opera Academy of Hong Kong and the Hon Fung Cantonese Opera Institute, and was coached by veterans in the field, including Wong Yuet-sang. She has also received training from artists in Peking Opera. In recent years, she has worked mainly in production, producing the original Cantonese Operas Recollection of Dreams, Heroines, For the Love of Painting, Li Qingzhao, A Ghost Story Retold and The Peregrinations of Confucius.
To Wing-sum made her stage debut aged four, and later became a formal protégé of Lee Lung. She was selected for the Yau Ma Tei Theatre Venue Partnership Scheme Programme – Cantonese Opera Young Talent Showcase in 2012, and formed her own Rising Talent Opera Troupe in 2013. More recently she has taken up technical and creative positions, from stage lighting designer to stage manager, accompanist, director and librettist. To Wing-sum also holds a Bachelor of Chinese Medicine degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Dianna Tse Hue-ying
Dianna Tse Hue-ying is the co-founder of a number of opera troupes and the Hong Kong Xiqu Association Limited, together with her husband Ko Yun-hung – a renowned Cantonese opera music ensemble leader. In 2014, she became a formal protégé of Shi Jihua and Wang Zhiquan, two veterans in Yue opera and Kunqu. She was presented the Rising Artist Award – Xiqu by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2015 and has written and performed several productions, covering original and adapted works. She holds an M.Phil in Chinese Studies from the University of Hong Kong.
Vong Seng-pan was born and raised in Macau. He began his training in Cantonese opera at the age of nine and performed lead roles in Cantonese opera productions at the Macau Arts Festival before he joined the Yau Ma Tei Theatre Venue Partnership Scheme Programme – Cantonese Opera Young Talent Showcase in Hong Kong. He has since performed lead roles in several classics and received coaching from Guan Shizhen, Tsai Chi-wei and Wong Sing-kwan.
Wan Fai-yin is a lead actress in Cantonese opera. She began her training in the 1960s, learning voice and stylised movement under Wong Yuet-sang, Ng Sik-yi, Ng Kung-hap and Tam San-san. She studied staged fighting movements under Yam Tai-fun and Ma Yuqi, and martial arts of the Northern School under Liu Xun. She became a female principal (zhengyin huadan) when she formed her own Golden Opera Troupe in 1987. Wan Fai-yin has also acted as Vice-chairperson of the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong, Secretary General of the Association of Cantonese Opera Performers and as a member of the Cantonese Opera Advisory Committee. In 2012, she was awarded a Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong SAR Government, and the Artist of the Year Award – Xiqu by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. She has been the Artistic Director of the Yau Ma Tei Theatre Venue Partnership Scheme Programme – Cantonese Opera Young Talent Showcase since 2013.
Wan Yuk-yu received his training in Cantonese opera under renowned actor Law Ka-ying. Between the 1980s and 1990s, he led operatic troupes on tour in Southeast Asia. Since returning to Hong Kong, he has performed young civil male roles (xiaosheng) with various Cantonese opera troupes. Wan Yuk-yu also performed in the production A Serenade.
Wang Gedan is the female principal (zhengyin huadan) with the Kim Kwan Entertainment Company and Artistic Director of the Loong Dan Fung Cantonese Opera Troupe and Yiu Kwan Sing Cantonese Opera Troupe. After completing her training at the Zhanjiang Arts School in Guangdong, China, she joined the Zhanjiang Cantonese Opera Troupe as female principal. Since moving to Hong Kong in 2003, she has taught Cantonese opera in primary and secondary schools.
Wang Kit-ching joined the Hong Kong Young Talent Cantonese Opera Troupe after graduated from the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts with an Advanced Diploma in Cantonese Opera Performance. Wang received tutelages from many teachers such as Leung Sum-Yes, Wang Ka-ling and Chow Lai-lai etc.. In 2006, Wang established ‘Karen's Meadow Cantonese Opera Studio’ and has produced several plays like “Diao Chan” and “The Immortal Zhang Yuqiao”etc.. Wang received Outstanding Young Cantonese Traditional Association of Hong Kong in 2010, Rising Artist Award - Xiqu from Hong Kong Art Development Council in 2011, and “RTHK Xiqu Talent Outstanding Award” in 2016 respectively.
Wong Hai-wing holds an Advanced Diploma in Xiqu (Cantonese opera) from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and has received training under many instructors in Peking opera, Kunqu and Cantonese opera. During her studies, she was awarded several scholarships, and she has performed with various Cantonese opera troupes since completing the course. She received a grant from the New Artists Xiqu Internship Scheme of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2010, and was selected to join the “Rising Stars of Cantonese Opera Showcase” for the West Kowloon Xiqu Centre in 2016.
Johnson Yuen comes from a family with a strong Chinese Opera tradition and made his debut at the age of seven. In his teens, he went to Beijing to receive training in changkao (fighting in full armour), hualian (painted face) and susheng (bearded male) roles under Hu Xueli of the China Peking Opera Theatre Company. On returning to Hong Kong, he trained in Cantonese Opera singing under Cheung Sai-ping and training in percussive points under Ko Yun-kuen. Yuen has appeared in many major Cantonese Opera productions including Raccoon for a Prince (Part I and II), Empress Xiaozhuang, The Palace of Eternal Life, A Handful of Snow and Poetics of the Postal Pavilion. He once participated in nearly 280 Cantonese opera performances in just one year. In addition, Johnson Yuen has worked in production, serving as Production Director of Empress Xiaozhuang, A Handful of Snow and Poetics of the Postal Pavilion. He is also the programme host and producer of RTHK’s programme on Cantonese Opera.
Yuen Siu-fai is a veteran Cantonese opera artist who started his performing career at the age of seven. He was a protégé of renowned star Mak Bing-wing. His many accolades include Vocalist of the Year (Hong Kong Artists’ Guild 1991), Badge of Honour (British Government 1992), Award for Arts Achievement – Xiqu (Hong Kong Arts Development Council 2003), Bronze Bauhinia Star (Hong Kong Government 2014), and the Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Arts (HKADC 2016). Besides being a performer, Yuen Siu-fai is also a scriptwriter for Cantonese opera productions. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of the Department of Music at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Vice-chairman of the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong, Artistic Director of the Yau Ma Tei Theatre Venue Partnership Scheme Programme – Cantonese Opera Young Talent Showcase, Artistic Director of the One Table Two Chairs Charitable Foundation, a Museum Expert Advisor (Cantonese Opera) to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong, a member on the Xiqu Centre Advisory Panel for the West Kowloon Cultural District, and an Advisor to the Research Centre for Transmission of Cantonese Opera of the Education University of Hong Kong.