Chinese opera performance

 Tang Yuen-ha 鄧宛霞 and Geng Tianyuan 耿天元

Chinese opera performances of The Peony Pavilion 牡丹亭, Every Note, Adiago 聲聲慢 and Farewell to Yuan the Second on a Mission to Anxi 送元二使安西

About the Performance

Tang Yuen-ha 鄧宛霞 is a distinguished performer of both Kunqu and Peking opera, a true diva, the only Hong Kong-based traditional opera artist to have been awarded China’s prestigious Plum Blossom award. She trained in Shanghai with the late Yu Zhenfei 俞振飛, one of China’s grand masters of the xiaosheng role, famed for his performaces with Mei Lanfang 梅蘭芳. Ms Tang founded the Jingkun Theatre Company 京崑劇場 in Hong Kong, and gives regular performances in Hong Kong, throughout China and internationally, with visiting artists from companies such as the Shandong Peking Opera Academy. Tang Yuen-ha is also currently a PhD candidate in the ANU School of Culture, History and Language.

Geng Tianyuan 耿天元 grew up in a family steeped in the traditions of Peking Opera. He is now principal artist with the Jingkun Theatre, and performs regularly with Ms Tang in a wide range of roles.

Their programme in Canberra will include Ms Tang’s own kunqu 崑曲 setting of a famous lyric, Every Note, Adiago 聲聲慢 by the Song-dynasty woman poet Li Qingzhao 李清照, and extracts from Tang Xianzu’s 湯顯祖, great late-Ming drama The Peony Pavilion 牡丹亭. Mr Geng will perform a ballad based on the famous poem of farewell, Farewell to Yuan the Second on a Mission to Anxi 送元二使安西 by the Tang poet Wang Wei 王維, often performed as a solo for the guqin or erhu.

This musical performance is free and open to the public. After the event some light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to by Tuesday 12 May to confirm your attendance.

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Tang Yuen-ha 鄧宛霞 and Geng Tianyuan 耿天元

Dates & times

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

5.00pm - 6.30pm


Lotus Hall, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU

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