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Backstage at the Opera

rthk.jpgCantonese Opera is a highly stylized art form that dates back perhaps eight hundred years and involves complex costumes, elaborate make-up and hair and formalized gestures. The story lines story lines are from Chinese history and legend along with a vocal style that has almost no common ground with the Western tradition. But the audience is aging, so now the emphasis is on creating a young audience comfortable with the conventions of Cantonese Opera.

Produced by Caroline Chan for Radio Television Hong Kong.

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