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By Sheng-Wei Wang
April 1, 2013

In this publication, we offer “Discuss the Issue of Democracy with Dr. Lester Lee” by Professor Wenquan Lu; and “The Essence of New Urbanization Is the Urbanization of People” by China Review News.

In the Music Section, we have Shan Xi folk song “Embroider Pouch” (山西民歌 绣荷包): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61mOw58NJuM




Taking Opera to the People


Imagine you are walking through the concrete jungle of Hong Kong when suddenly you see a bright red tent, in the middle of the city!  Wouldn't you like to know what is inside?  It is the Foundation for the Arts and Music in Asia's PopUp Opera tent, a striking 6 metre-high, custom-designed cinema with comfortable seating for 40 viewers.  Entry is free of charge.  Hong Kong has never seen anything like this before!


The Foundation for the Arts and Music in Asia (FAMA) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to bringing the art of opera to the people of Hong Kong, particularly those living in economically-disadvantaged areas.  This cultural outreach program has shown that opera, when presented in an entertaining and meaningful way, can touch the hearts of all people, regardless of their knowledge or experience.  As one viewer said, “After seeing the entire film, I found out that opera can be very meaningful and touching for ordinary city people.”


Through the PopUp Opera tent, the brainchild of Laurence Scofield, Chairman of FAMA and opera fanatic, thousands of people have now experienced the glamour and passion of Italian opera.  Inside the tent, audiences watch "The Traviata Story", a 90-minute documentary presented by award-winning actress Louisa So, whose love of opera and charming personality bring to life the story of Verdi’s most popular work.  She expertly guides viewers through this beautiful and tragic love story, enhancing the experience further by pointing out interesting features such as a designer’s interpretation of the set.  The film includes excerpts from some of the world’s most celebrated productions of La Traviata; The Royal Opera House with American soprano Renée Fleming in the lead role, Angela Gheorghiu as Violetta Valéry at the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, and the Salzburg Festival’s production starring Anna Netrebko.


The PopUp Opera tent amazed the people of Lok Fu last October, during the project’s inaugural outing at Lok Fu Plaza, supported by the Link.  One community member said, on seeing the tent for the first time, “this is just like discovering a diamond in a rock, which gives you a surprise and joy”.  During the tent’s residence many people experienced their first taste of Italian opera.  One delighted audience-member said “I can’t believe something cultural will happen in a shopping mall in Lok Fu, so immediately, this leaves a very deep impression”. Another commented that “at first, I thought it was an ordinary show, but La Traviata is a show with rich cultural depth”.  They enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to view The Traviata Story.


The tent also appeared at the beginning of January outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.  Against the backdrop of the city’s famous harbour, this spectacular structure was certainly a sight to behold.  And many more people were introduced to opera through The Traviata Story at this location.  Italian Consul General Alessandra Schiavo attended the PopUp Opera’s Gala Event and said “I congratulate [FAMA] for your excellent work and the great initiative of getting common people closer to opera.  After all, this is the true ‘spirito dell’Opera’!”


FAMA is currently planning more opportunities for the people of Hong Kong to experience the wonderful PopUp Opera.  So keep an eye out for it.  You never know where this magical creation will next appear!  For more information visit www.fama.org.hk or www.facebook/ThePopUpOpera.  FAMA is also responsible for bringing the screenings of New York’s famous Metropolitan Opera in high definition to Hong Kong.  For more information on that exciting programme please visit www.themetinhongkong.info.




試幻想一下,當你身處在香港這個钢筋水泥森林之間,有一個紅色的帳幕在你面前,你想了解帳內的一切嗎?PopUp Opera Tent由亞洲藝術音樂推廣基金會(FAMA)策劃,影院高達6米,共設40個舒適座位歌劇以免費形式播放,在香港前所未有


亞洲藝術音樂推廣基金會(FAMA)是一個非牟利團體,致力提升香港市民對古典聲樂的認知,提倡弱小社區的聲樂發展這計劃希望透過富有娛樂性及意義的歌舞劇感動大眾的心靈其中一位受訪者說: 透過這一齣戲,看過之後會發現了一點,原來歌劇是可以令我們這些普通的都市人可以有一種共鳴和回響,或許會令我們在中間的過程反思


PopUp Opera Tent是對歌劇充滿熱愛的基金會主席羅蘭士史葛(Laurence Scofield)的心血結晶令數以千計的香港人深深地體會具有魅力與熱情的意大利式歌劇在帳幕內,觀眾可以舒適地欣賞全長90分鐘的紀錄片茶花情恨基金會亦成功邀請本地得獎女藝人蘇玉華以廣東話作導賞她憑藉對歌劇的熱愛與個人魅力,令威爾第膾炙人口的茶花女故事煥出無窮的生命力,從而深深打動在場觀眾的心。香港觀眾有機會欣賞到三茶花女歌劇,包括由倫敦皇家歌劇院製作,著名女高音費萊明領銜主演,意大利米蘭史卡拉歌劇院製作,羅馬尼亞女高音喬烏紫主演,及奧地利薩爾斯堡音樂節製作,俄羅斯女高音尼特立哥主演


去年十月份,亞洲藝術音樂推廣基金會基金會(FAMA)與領滙管理有限公司(The Link)聯手在樂富廣場推出的PopUp Opera Tent於城中享負盛名,而且深受區內市民歡迎其中一位初次參與歌劇活動的市民形容:歌劇好像在普通的石頭裡突然發現了鑽石一樣的感覺,是讓你又驚訝又喜悅的另一位被這次歌劇感動的觀眾認為:覺得不相信會有這樣的一件事件,在樂富這個商場裡發生,所以它在你的腦海裡就留下一個好深的印象有參與其中的觀眾說:最初認為歌劇是一些普通的文娛表演,但茶花女是一齣文化色彩濃厚的劇作觀眾們都十分慶幸和珍惜這次欣賞茶花情恨的機會


與此同時,帳幕亦剛在一月份期間於尖沙咀香港文化中心免費向公眾放影在宏偉的維多利亞海港襯托下,巨型帳幕顯得生色不少這次活動成功地吸引更多香港市民接觸茶花女的歌劇故事首映當日,意大利總領事Alessandra Schiavo在場觀看歌劇,而且高度表揚亞洲兿術音樂推廣基金會(FAMA)對宣揚歌劇的熱誠和付出


亞洲兿術音樂推廣基金會(FAMA)仍然努力不懈地為香港市民提供更多接觸歌劇的機會慬記萬勿錯過!了解有關PopUp Opera Tent及亞洲兿術音樂推廣基金會(FAMA)的詳情,請登上:www.fama.org.hkwww.facebook/ThePopUpOpera亞洲兿術音樂推廣基金會(FAMA)負責為香港提供紐約著名歌劇,有關詳情請登上www.themetinhongkong.info
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