Modernization of Cantonese opera

In Cantonese opera, performing troupes occupied prime of place.

In the 1950s, the burgeoning radio and recording industry brought challenges to the opera troupes. Some responded by incorporating the potentials offered by the new media in terms of performing convention, technology and market opportunities. In that process they brought innovations to Cantonese opera production and stage craft. They also participated in record and film making and ushered in a new performing aesthetics.

In this section we have selected extracts from the key works two of the most progressive Cantonese opera troupes of the period - Chun Sin Mei (led by Hung Sin-nui and Ma Si-tsang) and Sin Fung Ming (led by Yam Kim-fai and Pak Suet-sin).

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