The opera isn’t just reserved for classical music lovers. A sophisticated, elegant affair, the opera has been a traditional form of entertainment for hundreds of years, dating as far back as Renaissance times in the West. Similarly in the East, Cantonese opera equally beloved and is performed at old-school theaters. Take a peek into the nostalgic artform at these opera houses, for Western and Cantonese opera.
Xiqu Centre opened in 2019 at West Kowloon Cultural District, offering a dedicated Cantonese opera and traditional Chinese theater for art appreciators. The modern space celebrates artists for both intimate occasions and large-scale events. Visitors can marvel at the incredible architecture alone, but they’re here for the entertainment. Visit the Chinese theater to watch memorable performances and explore the Tea House Theatre for xiqu-related functions and activities.
88 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2200 0217. Open 10:00am to 10:30pm every day.
An old-timer that’s been around since the 1930s, Yau Ma Tei Theatre certainly withholds a nostalgic charm for many Hong Kongers. Incredibly, The historic Kowloon building has been showcasing Cantonese opera since before the war – and it continues to do so. Although it’s set between tourist stops like Temple Street, the theater remains most popular among locals. Experience a taste of quintessential Hong Kong at this sentimental monument.
6 Waterloo Road, Yau Ma Tei, 2264-8108. Open 1:00pm to 8:00pm every day.
Built in 1983, Ko Shan Theatre was designed as a cultural hub for Cantonese talent. The Hung Hom venue celebrates different forms of Chinese performances, including of course the acclaimed opera shows. Plus, there’s a dedicated Cantonese Opera Education and Information Centre, ideal for newbies.
77 Ko Shan Road, Hung Hom, 2740-9222. Open every day 9:00am to 11:00pm.
The Grand Theatre is the busiest performing venue in Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Swish and sophisticated, this venue is popular for its Western opera, ballets, musicals and all sorts of theatrical spectaculars. Dress to impress and book in advance – these seats fill up fast!
Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2734-2009. Open 9:00am to 9:00pm every day.
One of Hong Kong’s newest additions, Freespace at West Kowloon Cultural District is a platform for both artists and audiences to exchange ideas and musical passions. Thus, the cultural venue works with emerging and established local and international artists from Hong Kong to redefine performances in a modern way.
West Kowloon Cultural District, No. 18 Museum Drive, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2200-0217. Open every day 6:00am to 11:00pm.
Sha Tin’s traditional proscenium theatre stages major opera, dance and musical performances – both Western and Cantonese. The fancy auditorium houses over 1,300 people at a time. But don’t worry – you can sit back and appreciate the shows without disruption.
1 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, 2694-2509. Open every day 9:00am to 10:00pm.