The Hong Kong Arts Development Council (ADC) extends its warmest congratulations to eminent Cantonese opera performer Mr Yuen Siu-fai, BH who is conferred the Honorary Fellowship by the Hong Kong Institute of Education in recognition of his significant achievements in Chinese opera.
As one of the maestros in Cantonese Opera, Mr Yuen started his stage career at the tender age of seven and learned from opera master Mr Mak Bing-wing. He was awarded the Hong Kong’s Artistic Vocalist of the Year in 1991, the Badge of Honour conferred by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1992 and the Award for Arts Achievement by the ADC in 2003. Apart from performing, Mr Yuen often conducts seminars and workshops on the traditional arts in universities and secondary schools to promote Cantonese opera. He is also a brilliant opera-script writer. His well-known works include Lu Meng-zheng - Footprints in the Snow and Havoc at Guang Chang Long. Mr Yuen is currently Vice-chairman of the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Institute of Education’s Honorary-Artist-in-Residence.
Mr Yuen has been the Council Member of the ADC and the Chairman of Xiqu group since 2008. Over the years, he has actively promoted Chinese opera and contributed insightful opinions on ADC’s works and its future development directives.
Mr Yuen’s contribution to the development of Chinese opera and nurturing of upcoming talents is well recognised by the xiqu sector. The ADC sincerely congratulates Mr Yuen for being conferred the Honorary Fellowship by the Hong Kong Institute of Education.