Cantonese opera plays an important role in the everyday lives of people in Hong Kong, influencing both the language and the popular culture. In this talk, emerging Cantonese opera actor, producer and educator Paris Wong explores these relationships and looks at how the art form has transitioned from the use of Central Plains Mandarin* and traditional vocal techniques to the use of the Cantonese vernacular.

Demonstrating vocal styles and techniques, and introducing the symbolic meanings of different patterns and colours, he offers a deeper understanding of the aesthetic features of Cantonese opera.

*Central Plains Mandarin (Zhongzhouyun, also known as Guilin guanhua, the language of the officials of Guilin), the archaic singing style of used in early Cantonese opera.

30 June 2020 (Tuesday)


Seminar Hall, 2/F, Xiqu Centre


Paris Wong

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

Special Arrangements in Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please contact Ms Chan at (852) 2200 0812 during office hours or

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 at least four days in advance.

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, it will be cancelled.

About the Speaker:

Paris Wong

Paris WongParis 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.

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