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  use English
in their publications and subtitles during performances,  conduct talks and demonstrations for students and the public
and  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: email@example.com ].
The Chinese Opera Institute
COI's website - click here
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
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.
- 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
privileges: 10% discount on courses conducted by the CCAC,
Free admittance to performances by the CCAC
information: 182 Cecil Street, Telok Ayer Performing Art Centre
#01-09 Singapore 069547 Tel/Fax: 62220760