Rosa Cheng 應國鳳
Principal Performer & Artistic Director
Rosa Cheng is a talented Cantonese opera performer who offers a versatility and diversity of styles in her singing and acting. Her career as a Cantonese opera artist started in 1993 and founded the Vancouver Cantonese Opera Company in 2000.
She has since performed in principal female role in many Cantonese opera repertoires. Some of her works includes famous repertoires such as “The Yang’s Family”, “The Peony Pavilion”, “Princess Cheung Ping”, “The Battle of Hung Jau”, ”An Imperishable Love” for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic “Cultural Olympiad”, “The Concubine’s Vengeance” and “The Legend of the Purple Hairpin” . She takes every opportunity to refine and deepen her interpretation with every repertoire. She learned from many renowned Beijing opera artists like Mr. Siu Wah Lee, and Ms Xiao Fu Li. She is also an excellent teacher in Cantonese opera technique and singing. She dedicates herself in the preservation and promotion of Cantonese opera in Canada.
Wai Ling Ho 何偉凌 – Principal Performer 粵劇文武生
Ms. Ho is a famous professional Cantonese opera artist from Hong Kong. When Ms. Ho was a teenage, she started understudying with her uncle, the famous Mr. Fay Farn Ho. Mr. Fay Farn Ho was a very famous opera performer during the 50’s. He was compared to Clark Gable in the western culture. He taught Ms. Ho the singing technique and performing skill, and gave her a solid foundation in the Chinese opera performing arts. Later, Ms. Ho also studied with many famous teachers. For many years, she became the lead performer of many Cantonese opera troupes both in Hong Kong, South East Asia and North America. Recently, she formed her own company called the “Fay Farn Heung Cantonese Opera Troupe”. Ms. Ho is a Canadian citizen living in Hong Kong.
何偉凌小姐是香港粵劇著名文武生。 凌姐自幼跟隨叔父何非凡學習粵劇。 何非凡先生為50年代著名大老倌， 他可比得上當年西方電影紅星奇勒基寶。 他傳授凌姐粵曲及粵劇基本功， 使凌姐有一個十分堅固的粵劇藝術基礎。 凌姐之後更跟隨多位名家學藝， 成為香港，東南亞及北美洲各地的著名文武生。 近年更自立班牌 “非凡晌粵劇團”。 凌姐已移民加國， 已成為加國公民。
Du Quan 杜全 – Principal Performer
Mr. Quan Du is an experience Cantonese opera performer from Seattle, U.S.A. He is specialized in the role of Mou Saang i.e. elderly male character. He is also the director of Lok Ngai Musical Society in Seattle. He has performed many times in Vancouver and other part of the States. He has been participating in the performances of Vancouver Cantonese Opera Society since year 2003.
Hoi Seng Ieong – Principal Performer
Mr. Ieong was enrolled to the Youth Cantonese Opera School of Zhan Jiang in 1959. Under the instruction of various famous opera performers, he had been the major performer of the Zhen Jiang Cantonese Opera Youth Group and the Zhen Jiang Cantonese Opera Group. He immigrated to Macau in 1987 and was the founder of Macau Cantonese Opera Academy. During those years, he participated in the Cantonese opera performances in Portugal, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong etc. In 1997, he moved to Canada and established Hoi Seng Cantonese Opera Academy. His academy organizes performances every year. In May 2004, Mr. Ieong was appointed by the cultural department concerned of Chinese Government as a consultant to the Cantonese Opera Dictionary.