The Butterfly Lovers

Chu Chan Wa and Macao Cantonese Opera Actors

20,21/5|Saturday,Sunday|19:30     Cinema Alegria     Tickets: MOP 150, 120

The Butterfly Lovers is a popular classical Chinese opera. Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai have been classmates for three years and have developed a strong friendship. When Liang Shanbo knows that Zhu Yingtai is actually a woman, he intends to propose marriage to the Zhu family. However, Zhu Yingtai has already been betrothed to someone else. From knowing each other and falling in love to turning into butterflies, their experience has been eulogised through the ages. In the opera, “Farewell at the Pavilion”, “Meeting at the Pavilion” and “Shanbo’s Death” are deeply rooted in people’s minds. All these years, The Butterfly Lovers has been adapted into different forms of art, remaining popular in spite of repeated performances and touching the hearts of countless Chinese and foreign audiences.

The Macao Arts Festival has specifically invited famous Cantonese opera expert Chu Chan Wa, as well as a group of local Cantonese opera artists, to vividly present the classical The Butterfly Lovers to the audience. Cantonese opera fans and new friends are welcome to relive this soul-stirring romantic tragedy together!

Duration: approximately 3 hours, including one interval
Performed in Cantonese, with surtitles in Chinese

Executive Producer and Director: Chu Chan Wa

Characters and Cast
Liang Shanbo: Chu Chan Wa, Un Son Kun, Loc Vai Kiong and Chan Oi Lin
Zhu Yingtai: Sou Lai Ieng, Che Pui San, Li Fong I, Iek Lai Kun, Wong Mui Fan and Cheang Sin Peng