The Chinese Theatre Circle
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The CTC was established in 1981 with the aim of promoting Chinese opera. It became a non-profit professional Chinese
Opera company in 1995. It was awarded the Excellence for Singapore Award in 1997 for its efforts in promoting Chinese opera
here and abroad.
The CTC is the most active among all the opera groups in Singapore. Besides performing opera excerpts
at various venues throughout the year, conducting its arts education programme in schools and running its own opera teahouse,
it also puts up full-length opera performances. It also performs overseas regularly.
CTC also organises the annual Singapore cantonese opera festival inviting troupes from
and artistes from Europe, Australia, Hong
Kong and Malaysia to participate.
2002 it participated in the Shanghai International Arts Festival with
presentation of cantonese opera 'Wu Ze Tian'.
In January it was
invited to perform at the Fuoshan International Cantonese Opera Gala
the opening of the Fuoshan Cantonese Opera Museum.
Zhao Zi Long with Aw Kai Meng from China taking the leading role.
Aw gave a striking
performance as the fearless general.
Chinese opera in
English dialogue: Tragedy of an Emperor (second repeat performance).
Although it was
performed the third time, it did not get better. I felt that the
was the most satisfactory.
Kong Chow Wui Kun Cantonese Opera Troupe
The KC troupe is one of the oldest opera troupes in Singapore. It celebrated its 160th anniversary in 2000. It puts
up performances occasionally at community centres, usually during festive occasions and during its anniversary celebrations.
Celebrations: A Night of Cantonese opera excerpts.
Tung On Wui Kun Cantonese Opera Troupe
The Tung On Opera Troupe is long-established. Its performances are infrequent, usually at community clubs. In 1999
it performed two full-length operas; one was the well-known 'Emperor Kong Sui & Zhen Fei'.
It participated in the
Cantonese Opera Festival in Guangzhou in November 2000.
Extravaganza: Full-length opera 'The Jade Butterfly' with Leong Yew On
from China taking
the lead male role and A Night of Opera Songs.