What up, Wolfgang. The Bel Canto Singers' "Classical Moments" series is a treat for opera lovers around town, and its tenth edition boasts an all-Mozart programme. The virtuoso composer's lieder, arias and opera ensembles are included here, as is a reduced version of "Die Zauberflöte" and a piece commissioned from local composer Dennis Wu, in the style of Mozart. Best of all, the presentation of these pieces is done in a clever manner: singers will interweave the music with an overarching plot, wherein they are rehearsing pieces for a big show.
Now in its seventh year, the award-winning series lets opera lovers from around the globe feel as though they're in a front-row seat at every New York production in the 2012-13 season, and for a bargain, too. HD screenings will be held from now until September at AMC and UA cinemas. For tickets and more information visit www.themetinhongkong.info/.
Part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, this production is performed by the China National Peking Opera Company. Set prior to the 1911 Revolution in Imperial China, the opera begins with the Qing Dynasty on the brink of collapse. The formidable Empress Cixi meets Princess Deling, who arrives at Forbidden City from her travels and education in the west, and becomes the Empress' confidant. Chinese and English subtitles are provided.
A pop-up opera tent featuring a 90-minute showing of "The Traviata Story." The pop-up will also be appearing at selected locations around Hong Kong throughout 2013.
After the great success of the last public screening of "The Traviata Story," FAMA (Foundation for the Arts & Music in Asia ) presents a new series of screenings of this 90-minute documentary featuring excerpts from the Verdi classic with a guided narrative. There will be six screenings daily between 11am and 9:15pm.
Adapted from Alexandre Dumas’ "La Dame aux Camélias," Verdi’s three-act opera "La Traviata" is one of the composer’s best-loved and most popular works. The love-tragedy at the heart of the opera and its exploration of elements of contemporary life came to form the basis of the work's success. Produced by Opera Hong Kong with a cast of international and local singers, the show will also be backed by Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Hong Kong Chorus.
A decades-old abandoned cinema in Kowloon has found a new lease on life—as a center for Cantonese opera, with a particular focus on young practitioners of the ancient art form. The Yau Ma Tei Theatre, which opened its doors this summer after an extensive renovation, has a lineup of performances all month long that occur practically daily. Book a show here to experience elaborate arias and plotlines that range from dynastic drama to conflicts among deities. Various show dates.
This summer, the Chinese Opera Festival invites the biggest names in the genre to our shores, including novelist Pai Hsien-yung and the Suzhou Kunqu Opera Theatre of Jiangsu province (pictured), who will teach young actors about the art of Kunqu, one of the oldest forms of Chinese opera. Various venues and times. For a complete line-up of performances and events, visit www.cof.gov.hk.
Le French May and Opera Hong Kong collaborate to stage the famous French libertto, with Israeli mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham (pictured) and French mezzo-soprano Aurhelia Varak playing the titualar role on different dates. Other renowned artists will be joining the show, with acclaimed director and set designer Philippe Arlaud at the helm. Various showtimes.
The first production by the National Centre for the Performing Arts of China (NCPA), this opera has won numerous accolades since it made its debut on stage last year. Though in the form of a Western opera rather than a traditional Chinese one, the story is based on a Chinese historical tale set between 770 and 476 BC. Performed in Putonghua with Chinese and English surtitles.