Ng Lap-hei | Keith Lai | Janet Wong | Paris Wong | Xie Xiaoyu

Ng Lap-hei

A graduate of The Cantonese Opera Academy of Hong Kong, Ng Lap-hei is an actor in the Cantonese Opera Young Talent Showcase at the Yau Ma Tei Theatre. Ng studied under Wong Yee-man, Yeung Ming, Zhou Zhenbang, Guan Shizhen, He Jiayao and Tsai Win-wei. He was the champion of the Lim Por Yen Trophy Cantonese Opera Excerpt Division and the Hong Kong Youth Cultural and Arts Competition in 2011. His recent performances include The Eight Mallets, The Battle of Changban Po, and Lo Faa Dong.

Keith Lai

Keith Lai graduated from The City University of Hong Kong with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese and is currently a committee member of the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong. A protégé of Cantonese opera masters Man Chin-sui and Poon Sai-lun, Lai studied under Man Lai-fung and Hon Yan-ming. In 2010, he was recognised with the Most Promising Actor Award (young male opera role) by the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong and RTHK Radio Five. In 2011, he was presented with the Award for Young Artist (Xiqu) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. He subsequently formed his own troupe dedicated to promoting Cantonese opera. As a librettist, Lai wrote Son of Heaven, Breezy Pavilion and Battle of the Throne. He also adapted two Shakespeare classics, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet, into Cantonese operas: A Dream in Fantasia and The Arrant Revenge.

Janet Wong

Janet Wong is a graduate of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Advanced Certificate Programme (Cantonese Opera), where she specialised in dan roles. The daughter of Huang Jin-tang, a renowned Cantonese opera actor, she studied under Ng Lut-kwong, Liang Gu-yin, Hu Zhi-feng and Li Fung. After performing with various Cantonese opera companies, she formed her own troupe in 2011. In 2014, she won the Outstanding Performance Award at West Kowloon’s Rising Stars in Cantonese Opera Showcase, and in 2015, was presented with the Award for Young Artist (Xiqu) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Wong’s recent performances include excerpts from Han Xin Defects to Han from Chu, Irrevocable Loss and Breezy Pavilion.

Paris Wong

Paris Wong graduated from the School of Chinese Opera at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Opera. Performing mainly in the dan role, Wong represented Hong Kong at the first Hou Baolin Cup China National Youth and Teenage Qu Yi 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 Cantonese opera education. He also hosts and performs in Cantonese opera music programmes.

Xie Xiaoyu

Xie Xiaoyu graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Opera. A specialist in the dan role, Xie joined the Azure Seas Chinese Traditional Theatre in 2017. She is an experienced performer and is currently reading for a Master of Arts in the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.