Sep 04, 2017

Music, the Food of Love

“Farewell past, happy dreams of days gone by. The roses in my cheeks already are faded.” Verdi, La Traviata

Opera in Hong Kong

The cultural scene in the city has been burgeoning ever since the city’s first opera company, was established in July 2003 by Hong Konger opera lovers.

Enhancing the appreciation of opera in the city and promoting local musical talent, our opera companies are increasingly popular. In fact over the past few years, you can see advertisements for the opera and other cultural events in MTR stations!


An Opera Shared from New York

In response to the demand for culture in the city, the city will soon play host to an opera recorded in High Definition and shared direct from the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Verdi’s Opera, La Traviata, is a Metropolitan Opera live in HD rebroadcast in Hong Kong.


La Traviata: The Opera

La Traviata (Italian: The Fallen Woman) is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It is based on La Dame aux Camélias (1852), a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils. It was first performed on 6 March 1853 at the La Fenice opera house in Venice. Though an Italian opera, it was set in Paris and the vicinity.

It tells the story of Violetta Valéry, a famed courtesan who suffers from tuberculosis, and her lover Alfredo. The three-act opera follows the courtesan, who suffers from fragile health, through the trials and tribulations of romance, attraction, misunderstandings, and family reputation.

In the 2017 modernized operatic oeuvre, Sonya Yoncheva embodies the tragic courtesan Violetta, one of opera’s most beloved heroines. She had mastered this role when she played it on the Met stage in 2015, and returns opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson as his father, Germont.

Some of Violetta’s later songs are sung by Carmen Giannattasio, opposite Atalla Ayan. The great Plácido Domingo sings as Germont while Nicola Luisotti conducts.


About the Metropolitan Opera

The Opera is brought to Hong Kong by the Metropolitan Opera, a vibrant home for the world’s finest singers, musicians, dancers and creative producers.

Each season the Met stages more than 200 opera performances in New York. More than 800,000 people attend the performances in the opera house.

The Met always maintains a high theatrical standard and is renowned for its lavish productions.

The Foundation for the Arts and Music in Asia (FAMA) now brings you the opportunity to watch the Met productions in Hong Kong. FAMA is a non-profit charitable organization promoting classical vocal music and young singers in Asia.


Foundation for Arts and Music in Asia (FAMA)

Formed to increase awareness of classical vocal music in Asia and to encourage participation in its promotion by individuals and both private and civic groups, the Foundation for Arts and Music in Asia Ltd works with governmental agencies, private individuals and groups on a wide range of activities.

These include the Metropolitan Opera HK, which broadcasts live performances and promotes community outreach to increase interest in vocal music. The Foundation also offers scholarships and support to select individuals in the field. 


Mozaic Club Event

In support of the Opera and FAMA, Mozaic Club has planned an evening of good music, good food, and good company! Our evening will begin at 5.30 pm and will include a catered picnic dinner with sparkling wine in the intermission.

An intimate picnic with old and new friends, with one of the finest works of operatic oeuvre. What more can one ask for from an evening out?


This event will be held on September 9, 2017 from 5.30 pm-10.00 pm with an intermission for a catered picnic dinner. The picnic dinner will be catered and include vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. The Opera will be screened at Bethanie 139 Pok Fu Lam Road on September 9. Price for gallery tickets to the Opera screening are included in the Mozaic Club event package.

If you’re interested in joining us: you can become a member by registering on our website at and then signing up to this event on our social calendar, or you can visit Mozaic’s Facebook page and join as a non-member. Ticketing information is listed on this event’s description.


Photo courtesy of FAMA

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