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Musica Viva

Non-profit organisation founded in 2008 with founding members being keen supporters of the performing arts possessing extensive experiences offering advice on developmental, outreach and educational aspects in the field at policy-making level

Vision is to promote performing arts of originality in diversified forms and genres, in particular the appreciation, study, education and performance of music, opera and vocal art, as well as to create opportunities for creative and professional career development for budding artists

Director-General Lo King-man is renowned opera producer responsible for over 100 opera performances across three continents

Champions performing formats that demonstrate aesthetic refinement, genuine artistic content, and insightful interpretations presented with honesty and economy

Major productions include Rigoletto, Turandot and the Il Trovatore

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The Legend of Zhang Baozai

The Legend of Zhang Baozai is a new chamber opera on the life of 19th century Hong Kong pirate Zhang Baozai. A Hong Kong cultural programme for the 2010 Shanghai Expo created under the artistic direction of Lo King-man, the piece centers on the famous pirate who controlled a fleet of 1,000 ships and terrorised the coastal regions of southern China during the early 19th century.

The chamber opera features fascinating geographical references and indigenous customs dating back to Hong Kong’s transition from village community to modern metropolis. Offering a colourful display of traditional festivities including the Spring Lantern Festival, Cantonese opera puppet show, the Cheung Chau Bun Festival and the Fire Dragon Dance during the Mid-Autumn Festival, the performance is sung in Putonghua with Chinese and English surtitles.