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Lihun & Changmingdeng

Date: 14-16 January 2000 (Fri- Sun)
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre

Opera Double Bill
The Divorce (Lihun), 58 minutes
The Lamp of Everlasting Light (Changmingdeng), 50 minutes

A Programme of "Literature in Theatre - A Celebration of the Arts" to open the Kwai Tsing Theatre.

Original Stories: Lu Xun (from Wanderings)
Composers: Lam Shun (The Divorce) / Lo Hau-man (The Lamp of Everlasting Light)
Lyrics: Rupert Chan
Conductor: Yip Wing-sie
Libretto, Producer & Director: Lo King-man
Set Designer: Angelica Fung
Costume Designer: Mandy Tam
Lighting Designer: Billy Chan
Accompaniment: Hong Kong Sinfonietta & Chinese Music Virtuosi
Chorusmaster: Raymond Fu
Chorus: The Opera Society of Hong Kong

Story
Lu Xun (1881-1936) is a seminal figure in modern China's New Culture Movement.  His short stories, powerful indictments against the "cannibalistic Confucian ethical code" in feudal China, have inspired numerous young men and women to take up swords and pens to build a new China.  The two operas, The Lamp of Everlasting Light and The Divorce, adapted from Lu Xun's celebrated stories of the same titles, tell the stories of a man and a woman who are eventually punished and destroyed for their non-conformity.

Cast List

The Divorce
Aigu: Jovita Leung
Zhuang Musan:  Lam Ho-chi
Qi Daren : Bastien Tai
Master Wei:  Sylvester Che
Wang Degui:  Wong Chi-chuen
Crabface : Wong Po-to
Boatman:  Kwok Kar-kit
Sharp-chin:  To Tak-ki
Young Shi:  Stephen Cheung
Basan:   Sylvester Che
Dragonboat Singer: Wong Chi-chuen

The Lamp of Everlasting Light
The Madman:  Tsui Fai
Aunt Huiwu:  Pancy Wong
Master Guo:  Wong Po-to
Square Head:  Bastien Tai
Zhuang Qiguang:  Wong Chi-chuen
Triangle Face:  Lam Ho-chi
Kuoting:   Sylvester Che
Si Yeh:   Stephen Cheung

The Opera Society of Hong Kong
The Opera Society of Hong Kong was established in 1992 by a group of dedicated singers. The Society has since performed its mission to promote western opera, operetta and vocal music in the community in Hong Kong, while maintaining an outstanding standard of performance. The Chorus has been instrumental in enriching the cultural life of the community by performing in a broad range of programmes.

Having members coming from all strata of society, the Chorus is composed mainly of local talent, but also haying membership of other nationalities. With the vision of keeping abreast with world-renowned choruses, the Chorus strives to achieve the best standard. Under the direction of Raymond Fu, Chairman of the Opera Society and Chorusmaster, the Chorus has achieved a consistently high standard of performance that was described as "Heavenly choir...the chorus limbers up for St. Matthew Passion, the highlight of RTHK's Easter series of early music." by the South China Morning Post.

Since 1992, the Chorus has performed in a number of acclaimed opera performances staged by the former Urban Council, including those of Otello, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Turandot, Aida, La Boheme and Carmen, and those staged by the former Regional Council, including The Merry Widow and Die Fledermaus, and also the Hong Kong Arts Festival Chamber Opera Night Banquet. The Chorus has performed in a large number of other works, including Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Sir Neville Marriner and the St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Alexander Nevsky and Bach's St. Matthew Passion, with leading local and overseas orchestras and other groups. In December 1999, invited by the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra to join their Millennium Concerts in Dongguang and Guangzhou, the Chorus made its highly successful debut in China.

The Society lays emphasis on nurturing its members, who receive intensive training at rehearsals. Through their participation in opera and other productions, members also increase their understanding of the overall process of musical production and interpretation. Additionally, through participating in various master classes with world-renowned soprano Barbara Bonney and conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos, etc., members broaden their exposure to operatic and musical training. Interested music lovers are welcome to visit the Society's homepage at www.opera.org.hk.

Chamber Opera Chorus
Chorusmaster: Raymond Fu

Soprano
Chiu Wai-tak
Ho, Fanny
Kwong, Katherine
Yeung, Shirley

Mezzo-Soprano
Li, Nancy
Leung, Rita
Wong, Pancy

Tenor
Lee, Kenneth
To,Tucky
Wong, Matthew

Bass
Cheng, Samuel
Kwok Kar-kit
Wong Po-to

Children Chorus
Chiu, Carol
Ho Ho-yu, Gordon
Ho Chun-sing, Jason
Ho Chun-ngai, Kelvin
Yam Wan-ting
Yuen Tik-wan

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