Transmission of Cantonese opera in the conservatory tradition: Two case studies in South China and Hong Kong

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The Cantonese opera was traditionally transmitted by an apprenticeship approach, which has faded out in the mid-twentieth century. Instead, the conservatory approach adapted from the West has replaced the major mode of nurturing professional artists in China and Hong Kong. This study aims to investigate and examine the current practice of the conservatory approach in nurturing professional artists for the field of Cantonese opera. Two institutions from South China and Hong Kong were the subjects of this case study with observation and interviews as research tools. A cross-case analysis reveals that modern institutions have transformed the transmission mode of the traditional genre. While concentration on formal learning in the conservatory tradition may lead to efficient training, advantages from informal and non-formal learning adopted by the apprenticeship approach are abandoned. An eclectic approach is implied for improvement in nurturing professional artists for the Cantonese opera. Copyright © 2014 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)480-498
JournalMusic Education Research
Volume17
Issue number4
Early online dateDec 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Fingerprint

conservatory
opera
artist
Hong Kong
apprenticeship
China
learning
genre
twentieth century
interview
Opera
Conservatory
South China
Artist

Citation

Leung, B. W. (2015). Transmission of Cantonese opera in the conservatory tradition: Two case studies in South China and Hong Kong. Music Education Research, 17(4), 480-498.

Keywords

  • Cantonese opera
  • Transmission
  • Conservatory tradition
  • Formal learning
  • Informal learning
  • Non-formal learning
  • Apprenticeship