The Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) expresses deep sorrow over the passing away of renowned Cantonese opera veteran Ms Chan Kim-seng (Chan Hang-kwai) and extends its deepest condolences to Ms Chan’s family.
Ms Chan had been a devotee of Cantonese opera since her youth and specially performed the male role in Cantonese opera. Her outstanding performance was highly acclaimed. In 1986, Ms Chan founded the Kim Sun Shing Opera Troupe. In collaboration with many famous Cantonese opera artists, she has staged an array of performances in Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau, the South East Asia, the USA and Canada. Performing both in the old traditional and new scripts of Cantonese opera, they have gained spectators’ appreciation and highly admired by the fans. Ms Chan was also actively involved in charity performances.
In recognition of her contribution to the development of Cantonese opera in Hong Kong, Ms Chan was awarded the Honorary Medal by the HKSAR government in 2006. In 2008, she was elected by the Ministry of Culture of The People’s Republic of China as Representative Inheritor of Cantonese Opera in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. In 2009, an Honorary Doctorate was conferred on her by the University of Newcastle (USA). Ms Chan had been the Chairman of Hong Kong Barwo Association from 1997 to 2007 for five consecutive terms. She was also the Permanent President of Hong Kong Barwo Association and Hong Kong Cantonese Opera Artists Club Limited.
Ms Chan had served the HKADC from 1998 to 2007 as Council Member, Chairman of Xiqu Committee and Xiqu Art Form Group. Over the years, she had contributed insightful opinions to HKADC’s work and its future development and actively promoted the development of Cantonese opera in Hong Kong.
Ms Chan Kim-seng had made remarkable contribution to the development of Cantonese opera in Hong Kong and her passing is a great loss to the local arts community. Her accomplishment and devotion to the arts will be long remembered.