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School of Chinese Opera Presents: Gongs and Drums

02 July 2021 Category : Chinese Opera



The School of Chinese Opera of the Academy will present Gongs and Drums from July 2 to 3 at the Academy Drama Theatre. Part of the inaugural School of Chinese Opera Festival, Gongs and Drums will take on a new presentation this year. In addition to a Cantonese opera excerpt performance, the programme will also include a musical performance and an operatic singing repertoire. The production celebrates the efforts of Chinese Opera students from the Music and the Performance streams, as well as the production team comprising faculty members and students from the School of Theatre and Entertainment Arts. 


Played by students from the Music stream, the Chinese music performance will include several famous pieces, including Thunder in the Drought, Battling the Typhoon, A Moonlit Night on the Spring River, The Galloping Battle Horses, and Golden Snake Dance. The Cantonese operatic song performance Three Glimpses of the Princess is about the romantic and affectionate story of Feng Jiajin, the son of the minister, who learns that the royal girl Liu Jinding is unwell and pretends to be a doctor to visit the princess. The singing performance is followed by “Farewell” from Island of Farewell, which is about the Yuan army’s invasion of the south in the late Song Dynasty. Zhang Da, the former leader of Chaozhou, was demoted because of the emperor's mediocrity, and assisted Aunt Xu as an ordinary citizen in military affairs together with his wife Chen Biniang. Later, upon receiving the imperial mission, Zhang Da was urged to lead the rebel army. With the strong support of folks around, Zhang Da led the army to fight back, dedicating himself to his country. Hong Kong Cantonese opera star Ms. Wan Fai-yin MH will be the Guest Director of the play.  



Gongs and Drums

Performance in Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles

Chinese Music:
Thunder in the Drought
Battling the Typhoon
A Moonlit Night on the Spring River
The Galloping Battle Horses
Golden Snake Dance

Music Director: Chan King-tsun

Cantonese operatic song — Three Glimpses of the Princess
Vocal Coach: Mach Tuy Nghia
Movement Coach: Hong Hai

“Farewell” from Island of Farewell 
Guest Director: Wan Fai-yin MH (Visiting Artist)
Rehearsal Director: April Chow, Liu Li

Main Cast: Chen Jingru, Cheng Nga-lui, Deng Haipeng, Guo Shangkun, Ho Cheuk-ying, Ho Ka-yi, Angel Leung Sum-yee, Liang Zhenwen, Luo Yan, Zhou Leer

Set Designer: Li Pei-yee

Lighting Designer: Ivy Wong

Sound Designer: Essky Yik

Production Manager: Rica Chan Nga-wun

Date: 2-3.7.2021, 7:30pm

Venue: Academy Drama Theatre

Ticketing: $45-$90

School of Chinese Opera Festival
Date: July 2 – 11 2021
Venue: HKAPA and online 
Most programmes are free admission, by registration




About The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) (

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), established by The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Ordinance in 1984, is a leading tertiary institution in the performing arts in Asia. It provides professional undergraduate education and practice-based postgraduate studies. The study encompasses Chinese Opera, Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Music, and Theatre and Entertainment Arts. Its educational philosophy reflects the cultural diversity of Hong Kong with emphasis on Chinese and Western traditions, and interdisciplinary learning.

Since 2008, the Academy has attained the Programme Area Accreditation (PAA) status awarded by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) to self-monitor and accredit its own Undergraduate and Post-secondary programmes in the five programme areas of Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Music, and Theatre and Entertainment Arts. Since 2016, the PAA status has been extended to cover Master’s Degree programmes and below. The programmes operated by the School of Chinese Opera are accredited by HKCAAVQ for recognition under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework.

Besides the main campus in Wanchai, Béthanie, the site of the Academy’s Landmark Heritage Campus in Pokfulam, has housed training facilities for the School of Film and Television since 2006.

In the QS World University Rankings announced in 2021, the Academy is ranked 1st in Asia and 10th in the world in the Performing Arts category.interdisciplinary learning.