Cantonese opera plays an important role in the everyday lives of people in Hong Kong, influencing both the language and the popular culture. In this talk, emerging Cantonese opera actor, producer and educator Paris Wong explores these relationships and looks at how the art form has transitioned from the use of Central Plains Mandarin* and traditional vocal techniques to the use of the Cantonese vernacular. Demonstrating vocal styles and techniques, and introducing the symbolic meanings of different patterns and colours, he offers a deeper understanding of the aesthetic features of Cantonese opera.

*Central Plains Mandarin (Zhongzhouyun, also known as Guilin guanhua, the language of the officials of Guilin), the archaic singing style of used in early Cantonese opera.  

17 April 2018 (Tuesday)

7:30pm - 8:45pm

Room 1006, 10/F, HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College
(66 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay – Exit A or F, Causeway Bay MTR Station)

Paris Wong


Free admission. Limited capacity on a first come, first served basis. Please register online in advance.


Ms Leung (852) 2200 0872,

Accessibility Services:
Live audio description and sign language interpretation are available upon request with at least 14 days’ advance notice.

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above or a Black Rainstorm Warning is in force at 3pm and onwards, or if an announcement is made by the Hong Kong Observatory that the Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above is likely to be issued at 3pm and onwards, the talk will be cancelled or rescheduled.

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About Speaker:

Paris Wong

Paris Wong
Emerging Cantonese opera actor Paris Wong, one of the first performers to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honous) Degree in Chinese Opera from the School of Chinese Opera at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, performs mainly in the dan (lead female) role. Champion of the Open Group section of the Hong Kong Schools Cantonese Operatic Songs Competition, he represented Hong Kong in the first Hou Baolin Cup China National Youth & Teenage QuYi Competition Singing Contest where he was recognised with “The Judge’s Special Award”. Paris works as a producer for Cantonese Opera, and in 2007 founded the Pine Moon Cantonese Cultural Arts Centre to promote education programmes in the art. He also hosts and performs in a number of regular Cantonese opera music programmes.

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