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Cantonese Opera

Hong Kong Heritage Museum

Cantonese Opera costumes are colorful, intricate, and glittering.
The early costumes were decorated by means of embroidery.
The glittering “sequined and beaded” costumes were developed
between 1920’s and 1930’s and had gained popularity for decades.

Cantonese Opera music consists of innumerable melodies and tunes.
Unlike western opera, the lyrics in Cantonese opera are much more important than the music.
The writers put words into the pool of melodies and tunes.
One song may contain many melodies, and it is up to the singer
to add his or her own personal variation and style to the melody when they sing it.

Posted on 20 July 2008
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Guest 21-Jul-2008 13:03
I had been lucky to have an opportunity to see Cantonese Opera last year on summer 2007. I've also seen Peking Opera... Cantonese it's very emotional and strong on feelings. It got me impressed, looking forward to see it again on my next trip to Hong Kong... About Peking Opera.. There is a lot of action and actors actually show impressive acrobatic skills... Specially if we see the King Monkey performance...

Beautiful culture.. Both Cantonese and Peking Operas are rich.. I just love them.
Debbie Blackburn Beierle21-Jul-2008 06:46
OUTSTANDING!!! Wonderful lighting and details!!
Larry Grace21-Jul-2008 00:18
Colorful image Kwan, Excellent image. V
BleuEvanescence20-Jul-2008 15:30
Thank you for taking us through that wonderful museum...we might never have a chance to see otherwise. Very good composition.
Walter Otto Koenig20-Jul-2008 14:58
Another excellent low light shot. Looks great from this angle which adds movement. Thanks for the information. I am enjoying this series very much. "V"
hugo poon20-Jul-2008 14:51
Wonderful lighting, colours and superb composition!!
2004 20-Jul-2008 14:13
great shot !
TuTmin20-Jul-2008 12:58
what a colorful shot.nicely taken dear CM.
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography20-Jul-2008 11:56
Excellent and very interesting capture, Vote.
an nguyen20-Jul-2008 11:27
Intriguing image ,fascinating world of Opera. Thanks for the explanation . V