Chinese opera - The Four Early Southern Operas
A Thorn Hairpin, Slaying the Dog, The White Rabbit, Praying to the Moon
Opera 
10-14 Mar 2020
Chinese opera - The Four Early Southern Operas
A Thorn Hairpin, Slaying the Dog, The White Rabbit, Praying to the Moon
Opera 
10-14 Mar 2020
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Chinese opera - The Four Early Southern Operas
A Thorn Hairpin, Slaying the Dog, The White Rabbit, Praying to the Moon
Opera 
10-14 Mar 2020
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The Four Early Southern Operas

Regarded as the most well-preserved form of Chinese opera, Nanxi (“Southern opera”) originated in Wenzhou during the Song Dynasty and blossomed in subsequent eras, as various Nanxi plays were developed into more refined works of Kunqu, Cantonese opera and regional operas. This exceptional series spotlights the finesse of Southern operas in two different operatic forms –  Kun operas Slaying the Dog and The White Rabbit from Yongjia Kunqu Opera Troupe of Wenzhou; Cantonese operas A Thorn Hairpin and Praying to the Moon.

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Regarded as the most well-preserved form of Chinese opera, Nanxi (“Southern opera”) originated in Wenzhou during the Song Dynasty and blossomed in subsequent eras, as various Nanxi plays were developed into more refined works of Kunqu, Cantonese opera and regional operas. This exceptional series spotlights the finesse of Southern operas in two different operatic forms –  Kun operas Slaying the Dog and The White Rabbit from Yongjia Kunqu Opera Troupe of Wenzhou; Cantonese operas A Thorn Hairpin and Praying to the Moon.
A week-long extravaganza of four major nanxi plays

Nanxi (Southern opera) originated in Wenzhou as everyday popular revue entertainment during the turbulent Song Dynasty and blossomed in subsequent eras, as various nanxi plays were developed into more refined works of kunqu, Cantonese opera and regional operas.

This exceptional series of the four iconic nanxi spotlights the genre’s finesse in two operatic forms. A Thorn Hairpin, based on the 2003 Cantonese opera adaptation by Yip Shui-tak, sees Liza Wang and Law Kar-ying co-starring in this opera for the first time. Performed by the Yongjia Kunqu Opera Troupe from Wenzhou, Slaying the Dog and The White Rabbit offer authentic flavours of nanxi from the Yongjia area of Wenzhou. Praying to the Moon, a heart-stirring work adapted by Cantonese opera’s greatest playwright, Tong Tik-sang, is staged with his original text by a stellar cast of budding Cantonese opera stars, under the guidance of Cantonese opera veteran Sun Kim-long.
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A week-long extravaganza of four major nanxi plays

Nanxi (Southern opera) originated in Wenzhou as everyday popular revue entertainment during the turbulent Song Dynasty and blossomed in subsequent eras, as various nanxi plays were developed into more refined works of kunqu, Cantonese opera and regional operas.

This exceptional series of the four iconic nanxi spotlights the genre’s finesse in two operatic forms. A Thorn Hairpin, based on the 2003 Cantonese opera adaptation by Yip Shui-tak, sees Liza Wang and Law Kar-ying co-starring in this opera for the first time. Performed by the Yongjia Kunqu Opera Troupe from Wenzhou, Slaying the Dog and The White Rabbit offer authentic flavours of nanxi from the Yongjia area of Wenzhou. Praying to the Moon, a heart-stirring work adapted by Cantonese opera’s greatest playwright, Tong Tik-sang, is staged with his original text by a stellar cast of budding Cantonese opera stars, under the guidance of Cantonese opera veteran Sun Kim-long.