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April 18, 2015 – The Legend of the Red Peony

Vancouver Cantonese Opera presents “The Legend of the Red Peony” on April 18, 2015 (Saturday), at the Michael J. Fox Theatre, at 7:00 p.m.

One day in the Tang court, the Tang Emperor is having an audience with his officials when one of them tries to flatter him. He tells the Emperor how well he has […]

By |June 6th, 2015|Upcoming Performance|0 Comments

July 11, 2015 – The Romance of the Broken Mirror

Vancouver Cantonese Opera presents “The Romance of the Broken Mirror” on July 11, 2015 (Saturday), at the Michael J. Fox Theatre, at 7:00 p.m.

Seating plan (last updated May 28, 2015)

This opera is a tragic love story that takes place during the founding of the Sui Dynasty (581-618 A.D.), a time of chaos. Yang Yue, a […]

By |May 30th, 2015|Upcoming Performance|0 Comments

April 25, 2014 – Happy Marriage Achieved

Vancouver Cantonese Opera presents “Happy Marriage Achieved” on April 25th, 2014 (Friday), at the Michael J. Fox Theatre, at 7:00 p.m.

Seating plan (last updated: Feb 2, 2014)

Qiao Dan-feng, a brilliant girl with civil and military talents, is proficient in Chinese medicine. She is always at odds with Dai-Sangu, a woman quack opposite to her clinic. […]

By |January 28th, 2014|Upcoming Performance|0 Comments


There are six set roles:

mun mo sung (文武生) martial man of letters; the clean-shaven scholar-warrior
siu sung (小生) ‘young gentleman’; young scholar
fa dan (花旦) ‘flower’ of the ball; young belle
yee fa (二花) transliteration: ‘second flower’; supporting female
chou sung (丑生) clown
mo sung (武生) bearded male warrior

By |September 21st, 2013|Knowledge|0 Comments


Applying makeup for Cantonese opera is a long and specialized process.

One of the most common styles is the “white and red face”: an application of white foundation, with red around the eyes and on the cheeks. The eyebrows are sometimes elongated. Lipstick is usually bright red.

Actors are given temporary facelifts by holding the skin up […]

By |September 17th, 2013|Knowledge|0 Comments