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Princess Iron Fan: The Stories and Music of Cantonese Opera


Saturday, August 12, 2017 2:30PM


Cantonese opera. Older than Peking opera, yet more open to innovation, Cantonese opera thrived not only in its home region but also in Cantonese enclaves around the world, with major stars from Hong Kong and Guangzhou (historically, Canton) regularly reaching out to their international fan base. Today, Cantonese opera still packs in the audiences in southern China, with professional troupes bolstered by an active community of amateur devotees.

This session offers an introduction to Cantonese opera’s traditional stories and musical styles. Learn the difference between a role type and a tune type, between Princess Changping and Princess Iron Fan. Two of Hong Kong’s noted experts, Patrick P. Lee and Joanna Lee, guide you through this stylized yet populist entertainment.

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Tickets (includes museum admission): $12/adult; $8/senior and student; Free for MOCA members. (Not a member? Join us here).



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Princess Iron Fan: The Stories and Music of Cantonese Opera