Vivian Yuen

Yuen is a Chinese Opera Actress specializing in female role. Graduated from the Cantonese Opera Academy of Hong Kong and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, she learned from virtuosos Cheng Wing-mui, Franco Yuen Siu-fai and Wan Fai-yin. 

She featured in the Cantonese Opera Young Talent Showcase since 2013. She is also the founder of The Little Box Theatre in 2017. Same year, the Company produced "In Commemoration of the Hundredth Birthday of Tong Tik-sang (1917-1959): Cantonese opera Princess Cheung-ping".

Practicing in Kunqu, she received coaching from veteran artists Kung Ai-ping and Shen Feng-ying. In 2018 & 2019, she participated in Pai Hsien-yung's Kunqu opera “The Peony Pavilion” (Students' Edition). Apart from traditional Xiqu performance, she also took part in various cross-media creative projects, namely Hong Kong Repertory Theatre Reader’s Theatre “Europe Connexion”, Hong Kong Art Centre Soul Experiment “Reincarnation of the Prunus Mume” and Trend Education Foundation “Su Tungpo in Taiwan”.

During study period as a postgraduate student of the Department of Drama and Theatre, Taiwan University, receiving 2022 Outstanding Student Performance Award and Professor Cheng Yinbai Memorial Scholarship. She was continuing to receive Xiqu training from Wei Hai-min, Chu An-li, Chen Mei-lan. Yuen's very first experimental Xiqu production "Moving on with lute song", was selected for 2022 "The Drama Dream Workshop" by Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center. Additionally, she contributes articles on Xiqu culture related topics to the media outlet "Reporter," and also serve as a guest host for the Cantonese program "Half Bucket of Water: Arts and Culture" on Taiwan Central Broadcasting System.

  • What is your quest in art?
    She strives to learn and inherit the traditions of predecessors, build a bridge between tradition and contemporary communication, and create contemporary opera works. From opera to reflect the thoughts and thoughts of contemporary people, let the script become a walking literature, and continue the vitality of opera.
  • Which Cantonese opera veteran are you a fan of, and why?
    Bak Shuet-sin, as she is very innovative and knowledgeable. With her careful thinking and dedication to artistic aesthetics, for Daan and Cantonese opera art break new ground, her spirit is worth to emulate.
  • What aspect of the art do you think you need to work on?
    The understanding and skills of tradition are still insufficient, and it is necessary to study and polish from the source. Cultivate morality, introspect more, and guard against arrogance. Must be humble and firm in hearts.

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