The talk scheduled on 8 & 11 September 2019 (Sunday and Wednesday) is cancelled, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. Programme Enquiries: (852) 2200 0804

The melodies of traditional Cantonese opera are familiar to most people living in Hong Kong. Played on TV, in movies and on the streets, they are part of the soundtrack of everyday life. Despite this, many people know little about the origins and composition of the art form. 

In this talk, Prof Yuen Siu-fai, a veteran Cantonese opera artist with a career spanning six decades, offers a detailed introduction to the forms and features of Cantonese opera music. Through a selection of musical excerpts, and sharing about his professional career and recent academic research on erhuang – an aria singing style that has influenced a number of regional xiqu genres, including Peking opera and Cantonese opera – Prof Yuen offers insight into the characteristics of the local form of xiqu.

Date Time  
8 September 2019 (Sunday) 2:30pm – 4:00pm
11 September 2019 (Wednesday) 7:30pm – 9:00pm

(The same talk is presented on both days)

Seminar Hall, 2/F, Xiqu Centre

Yuen Siu-fai


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

Ms Leung (852) 2200 0804,

Accessibility Services: 
Cantonese audio description and Hong Kong sign language interpretation are available upon request with at least 14 days’ advance notice. Wheelchair accessible seats and companion seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Please request with at least 4 days’ advance notice.

Adverse Weather Arrangements: 
The talk will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force 3 hours before event start time on the day of the event.

About Speaker:

Yuen Siu-fai

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.

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