Date & time: Saturday, September 14, 2019 10am- 12pm
Location: Central Library, Level 0 0-04 BMO Community Room - 800 3 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0E7
Limited space. first come first serve
As a quintessential part of Chinese culture, Peking Opera is familiar to most Chinese people but rarely understood. A lecture on Peking Opera in Calgary, delivered by a Chinese opera expert, is an extraordinary opportunity to learn about this traditional art form!
On September 14th, 2019, 10am at the Calgary Central Library, Facet Music will be presenting a public lecture titled “Mysteries of Chinese Opera Revealed!”. This is the first of a 2-part educational program exploring Chinese Opera, partnered with the Calgary Central Library and supported by the Calgary Chinatown Lions Club.
Under opera expert Alina Chen’s guidance, you will appreciate the exquisiteness, delicacy, and broadness of Peking Opera. The presentation will unpack the origin and development of Peking Opera, its main roles and schools, the four famous Peking opera singers, their respective artistic features and representative works.
Interspersed with various demonstrations and interactions, the lecture is designed to be educational and entertaining for everyone. At the end, you’ll be treated to a short performance of opera excerpts by Mrs. Chen herself.
Chen’s presentation will be presented in Mandarin, but interpreted in English as well, allowing this Chinese traditional art to reach out to the Calgary general public.
Bring your friends and family! Come to the Central Library to enjoy this feast for the senses, take part in this unique and unforgettable experience!
About Alina Chen -
Born into a family of artists, Alina Chen was influenced by the Peking Opera art form at a young age. In 1994, she started to learn Peking Opera - “Cheng Style main female role” （程派）, from Peking Opera master Jin Fang in Beijing. Chen apprenticed with Peking Opera master Zhong Rong in 2000. As an opera advocate, Alina actively gave Peking Opera presentations and workshops to schools in Beijing before moving to Canada.