Teochew Opera: The Trial at Kaifeng
As part of LFSS and our monthly Teochew Cultural Night, Teochew Puppet and Opera House is proud to present “The
Trial at Kaihong” on 26 June (Sunday). “The Trial at Kaihong” is another classic of Teochew opera. The
performance comes with live musical accompaniment, provided by Kim Giak Low Choon Puppet Opera Troupe. There
will be also Chinese and English subtitles, to facilitate understanding for non-Teochew speakers.
We are honoured to invite famous opera performing sisters Tan Khar Luang and Tan Kah Noi from Singapore to star in this performance. The two sisters, one adept at ‘dan’ (lady ) roles and the other at ‘mo’ (old man) roles, share the stage. Before their retirement, the Tan sisters were the star acts of the prestigious century-old Teochew opera troupe Sin Yong Hua Heng in Singapore.
Mdm Khar Luang is a powerful performer, and she is effortlessly skilled at her craft – her performing voice exuding masculinity; while Mdm. Kah Noi has been dubbed the “Human Cornucopia” and “Nine Voices” in allusion to her versatility and ability to disappear into any role.
This electrifying performance is not to be missed! For queries and/or booking, please call us at 04-2620377 / 012-4853377,e-mail us at email@example.com, or simply send us a message on Facebook!
“The Trial at Kaifeng” synopsis:
Li Tianfu, son of a senior magistrate, abuses his power to marry a commoner woman against her will. The presiding magistrate Wang Zuo conducts the case impartially, taken into custody and tried. However, upon hearing the news, the accused’s mother, Lady Li, rushes to force Wang Zuo to overturn his conviction of her son. Wang, being am upright magistrate, refuses.
Tianfu, in a fit of rage, kicks the aggrieved woman’s father to death. Lady Li orders a household servant to murder a witness, but accidentally causes her own son’s death instead. She then accuses Wang Zuo of killing her son.
Exasperated and backed into a corner, Wang Zuo resigns his magistracy, claps Lady Li in chains, and with her in tow goes to petition the Emperor.
Tan Kah Noi
Tan Khar Luang
Tan Saw Ean
Lim Chai Lin
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