Pui Yan Li

Cantonese Opera Performing Artist

About Pui Yan (Eliza)

Born in New York from a family of Cantonese opera heritage and a graduate from Wellesley College, Li has been taught by numerous famed Cantonese opera performers. Since her debut as principal actress in Floral Princess (Youth Edition) 《帝女花》(青年版) in 2007, she has performed for the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Chinese Opera Festival, Macau Arts Festival as well as the benefit inaugural performance at Asia Society Hong Kong’s Miller Theatre. Her repertoire ranges from classics including Sworn in Grotto《打洞結拜》, June Snow《六月雪》, Rejuvenation of Lady Plum Blossom 《再世紅梅記》, etc. to new productions such as Deling and the Empress Dowager Ci Xi 《德齡與慈禧》and Arrant Revenge 《王子復仇記》, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Recently, through working with artists from other disciplines, such as Ming Wong and Mariko Mori, she is inspired to further explore the cross-disciplinary potential of this traditional art form. Aside from performing, Li is devoted to the English translation of Cantonese opera librettos and has served on the Cantonese Opera Advisory Committee in Hong Kong for three terms.



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