The Enchanting Red Boat – An Episode of the Cantonese Opera Culture

27/5-9/10|10am to 6pm (Closed on Mondays)     Macao Museum     MOP 15 (Adult) / 8 (Student Card Holder)

Cantonese Opera is one of the performing arts popular in Macao and the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong Province. It originated in the late Ming and early Qing Dynasty and burgeoned in the late Qing Dynasty. The early 20th century can be viewed as the golden age of Cantonese Opera, when vocal techniques, performance and repertoires reached new heights, along with the emergence of famous Cantonese Opera maestros. During this period the influence of Cantonese Opera spread internationally.

Cantonese Opera was inscribed on the Tentative List of Macao SAR Intangible Cultural Heritage and the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2006, as well as the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009, testifying to its significant artistic value.

For this exhibition, Macao Museum has selected the most representative artifacts related to Cantonese Opera for display. Exhibition-goers can contemplate the beauty of traditional art through the enchanting nostalgia of Cantonese Opera, development of Macao Cantonese Opera, Opera Maestros’ life and skills and other features.