Cantonese opera features a rich variety of musical elements. In this talk, local Cantonese opera performer and West Kowloon Rising Star Janet Wong uses live demonstrations and audio materials to illustrate the different vocal styles used by actors playing male and female roles, the main melodic and percussion instruments in the accompaniment, and how vocalists and instrumentalists work together. She also looks at the musical characteristics of speech forms and how lyrics in a tonal language like Cantonese are set to melodies, and offers insight into how pace and mood is enhanced with the use of melo-rhythmic vocal forms (melodies with a strong rhythm) and programmatic tunes that provide extra-musical mood and narrative.

20 November 2018 (Tuesday)

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Multi-Function Rooms, H6 CONET
(G/F, The Center, 99 Queen’s Road Central – 5 minutes walk from Sheung Wan MTR station exit E1)

Janet Wong,Cantonese Opera Artist
Lee Tik-lun, Ensemble Leader


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


Ms Leung (852) 2200 0872,

Accessibility Services:
Cantonese audio description and Hong Kong Sign Language interpretation are available upon request with at least 14 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 at 3pm and onwards.

About Speaker:

Janet Wong

Graduated from the Advanced Certificate Programme (Cantonese Opera) at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), she specialised in dan (lead female) roles. Inheriting her talent from her father Huang Jin-tang, a renowned Cantonese opera actor, she also studied under Ng Lut-kwong, Liang Gu-yin, Hu Zhi-feng and Li Fung. Janet Wong has performed with various Cantonese opera troupes and also formed her own. In 2011, she became a resident performer in the Hong Kong Young Talent Cantonese Opera Troupe. In 2014, she won the Outstanding Performance Award at West Kowloon’s Rising Stars in Cantonese Opera Showcase, and in 2015 she was presented the Award for Young Artist (Xiqu) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

Lee Tik-lun

Graduated from the School of Chinese Opera at HKAPA and received training from numerous famed musicians, he served as the ensemble leader of the Young Academy Cantonese Opera Troupe of the HKAPA from 2011 to 2017. He has been awarded certificates of Erhu from Central Conservatory of Music Practical Exam (Beijing) and Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

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