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The Chinese Opera Society Singapore

The COSS was established in August 1992. Throughout the eight years it has been working relentlessly to promote chinese operas. Its three-fold strategies are [1] use English in their publications and subtitles during performances, [2] conduct talks and demonstrations for students and the public and [3] experiment with new ways to present chinese operas. It has brought to singaporeans various opera troupes from China. These included Chuan Opera, Peking Opera, Hebei Opera and Sichuan Opera. Well-known cantonese opera troupes have also been invited to perform here.

It launched the 'Young Opera Artistes Series' in1996. The first artiste featured was Aw Yeong Peng Mun, a female impersonator. The following year, Philip Chan and Cynthia Chow were featured.

The COSS is also running a Chinese Opera Resource Centre at its premises at 155 Waterloo Street, #03-03 Stamford Arts Centre, Singapore 187962. [ Fax 2594072; e-mail: ].

The Chinese Opera Institute

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The COI was established in 1995. Its present premises is at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Middle Road. The COI under its director Dr Chua Soo Pong has put in alot of effort in promoting Chinese Opera especially to the young. The COI aims not only to innovate in order to create interest but also to preserve tradition. It goes to schools to hold talks, give demonstrations and perform short excerpts as well as holds open-air performances. It invites top opera professionals from all over China to give talks and conduct courses in the various forms of Chinese operas. According to Dr Chua, many young people prefer Huang Mei (Mandarin opera) in the beginning because they can speak mandarin.

The Chinese Cultural Arts Centre

The Chinese Cultural Arts Centre was set up in August 2002 by a group of Cantonese opera enthusiasts. Its main members are Kong Yew Cheong, Low Moon Chuin, Leong Kam Fai, Chow Tse Cheng and Lau Tuck Hin. The Chairman is Dr Chan Peng Mun and its arts advisors are Wu Zhi Fung and Chan Siu Horn.

Its missions are:

  • To promote and propagate Chinese Culture and Arts.
  • To instil the value of Chinese cultural arts into the younger generation.
  • To help charity organizations in fund-raising.
  • To participate in and to help to coordinate performances of other arts groups.
  • To perform for the aged and senior citizens in activities organised for them.

Membership:    entrance fees: $10, monthly fees: $5

                          Life membership: $500

Membership privileges: 10% discount on courses conducted by the CCAC,

                                   Free admittance to performances by the CCAC

Contact information: 182 Cecil Street, Telok Ayer Performing Art Centre

                                 #01-09 Singapore 069547  Tel/Fax: 62220760

Enquires: 90231333