WAN Fai-yin, Christina
Famed Cantonese opera huadan (female principal) who started her artistic career in the 1960’s by receiving teaching from multiple famous veterans, thus cultivating a solid foundation in singing, acting, reciting and acrobatics
Rose to the rank of lead huadan in 1987 after forming her own troupe, the Golden Will Chinese Opera Association
Held solo concerts to critical acclaim, highlighted by her 40th Anniversary Concert (2005)
Received Customs and Excise Medal for Meritorious Service from the Hong Kong government (2012) and Award for Best Artist (Xiqu), Hong Kong Arts Development Awards (2011)
In recent years, presented high-quality major productions including Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang, A Handful of Snow and Poetics of the Postal Pavilion as both actor and director. She also became Artistic Director of Yau Ma Tei Theatre Venue Partnership Scheme’s Cantonese Opera Young Talent Showcase
Empress Xiaozhuang tells the epic tale of Princess Bumbutai who fell in love with Dorgon, 14th son of Nurhaci, ruler of Qin dynasty. However, she became the concubine of Hong Taiji against her will. Pledging their love for each other before the wedding, Bumbutai almost committed suicide when she thought Dorgon died in the war.
The courageous Dorgon continued to serve Hong Taiji and received help from Bumbutai, now Empress Xiaozhuang. When Hong Taiji passed away, everyone competed for succession to the throne. To avoid more unrest, Xiaozhuang persuaded Dorgon to support Fulin, her son, as the successor. Burying their love for the sake of the nation, Fulin became Emperor Shunzi as Dorgon became Prince Regent who assisted Shunzi to become the first Qing emperor to rule over China.