Cast Announced for Lady of the Camellias

Principal Dancer Yao Jin celebrating her upcoming 20th Career Anniversary
Featuring Former Principal Dancer and Award-Winning Actress Lindzay Chan

[Hong Kong – 21 Oct 2016] Hong Kong Ballet’s Artistic Director Madeleine Onne announces the official cast list of the Company’s most anticipated production of the season, the Asian première of Lady of the Camellias by one of today’s most sought-after American choreographers, Val Caniparoli.

Principal Dancer Yao Jin will celebrate her upcoming 20th anniversary as a professional ballet dancer next year. Lady of the Camellias is an homage to her fascinating career as well as a showcase of her artistic excellence. Onne states, “I chose the ballet with Yao Jin in mind, as the character of Marguerite suits an experienced artist who can show her depth in both technique and emotion. The younger ballerinas will be inspired by her and grow through this fantastic role where artistry on the highest level is required.”

After their stunning performances in the Season Opener Swan Lake, Principal Dancers Yu-yao Liu and Fei-fei Ye will also dance the role of Marguerite. Partnering the ballerinas will be Principal Dancers Wei Wei and Jia-bo Li, as well as Lucas Jerkander who has recently been promoted to Soloist.

The Company’s former Principal Dancer and Board of Governors member, Lindzay Chan, now a famous TV, cinema and stage actress, has won a Golden Horse Award, Taiwan's most prestigious film award and Portugal's Bronze Camellia award for best actress. The Company is thrilled to have her back for a guest appearance to play the role of Prudence. You won’t want to miss the chance to see the performances from this celebrity guest star!

Cast list for lead roles:

Date/Time4-5/11 (Fri-Sat) 7:30pm
12/11 (Sat) 2:30pm
5-6/11 (Sat-Sun) 2:30pm
12/11 (Sat) 7:30pm
11/11 (Fri) 7:30pm
13/11 (Sun) 2:30pm
Marguerite GautierYao JinYu-yao LiuFei-fei Ye
Armand DuvalLucas JerkanderWei WeiJia-bo Li
Baron de VarvilleWei WeiXin Jiang Peng-fei Jiang
St. GaudinsShunsuke ArimizuJonathan SpignerXin Jiang
OlympeGe GaoRui-qi YangJessica Burrows
PrudenceLindzay Chan*Lindzay Chan*Lindzay Chan*
GustaveJie ShenJun XiaJie Shen
NichetteRui-xue DongYumiko FukudaNaomi Yuzawa
GastonLin LiRyo KatoChun-long Leung

*Guest Appearance

Lady of the Camellias will also feature a trio of Hong Kong’s finest musical talent – piano soloist Colleen Lee, the sixth prize winner at the prestigious Chopin International Piano Competition in 2005, Albert Lim, one of the city’s finest baritones, and award-winning soprano Louise Kwong, alongside live accompaniment by Hong Kong Sinfonietta. It will run from 4-6 & 11-13 November 2016 at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre for eight performances. Tickets are priced at $680, $480, $280 and $140, with VIP tickets at $1,000. Tickets are available at URBTIX now.

About Lady of the Camellias
Lady of the Camellias is the powerful love story of renowned Parisian courtesan Marguerite Gautier, a woman suffering from a deadly illness, and a young provincial bourgeois, Armand Duval, who has to pay a steep price for love.

Throwing caution to the wind, Armand falls in love with Marguerite and becomes her only lover, convincing her to turn her back on her life as a courtesan. Their idyllic life together in the countryside is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Armand’s father. Concerned by the scandal created by the illicit relationship and fearful that it will destroy the family’s social standing, Armand’s father demands that Marguerite leave Armand. Out of her deep and sincere love for Armand, Marguerite complies and makes Armand believe that she has abandoned him for her former lover, Baron de Varville. After an emotional confrontation with a weakened Marguerite at a grand party to open the Paris social season, Armand is challenged to a duel by Baron de Varville. Alone on her deathbed, Marguerite envisions the worst about Armand and the Baron’s duel and relives her love for Armand, regretting what might have been. In spite of her past, she feels redeemed by her pure love for Armand, which offers her hope and allows her to rediscover her innocence, shattering any need to conform to society’s strict morals.


Val Caniparoli, Choreographer
Val Caniparoli’s versatility has made him one of the most sought after choreographers in the United States and abroad. Although he is most closely associated with San Francisco Ballet, his artistic home for more than 40 years and where he was former resident choreographer, Caniparoli has contributed to the repertories of more than 45 companies, including Texas Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Boston Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ballet West (resident choreographer 1993-97), The Washington Ballet, Israel Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, State Theatre Ballet of South Africa and Tulsa Ballet (resident choreographer 2001-06 ). Caniparoli has also choreographed for the Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, and The Metropolitan Opera. He has worked on several occasions with the San Francisco Symphony, most recently on the Rimsky-Korsakov opera-ballet Mlada, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. 

Caniparoli has been the recipient of ten grants for choreography from the National Endowment for the Arts, an artist fellowship from the California Arts Council, and two awards from the Choo-San Goh and H. Robert Magee Foundation. Works with American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco includes choreography for A Christmas Carol, A Doll's House, A Little Night MusicArcadia and the creation, with Carey Perloff, of a new movement-theater piece, Tosca Cafe.

Lindzay Chan, Guest Appearance as Prudence

Lindzay Chan was born in Hong Kong to a Chinese father and an English mother. She started her professional life as a ballet dancer after attending Elmhurst Ballet School and later the Royal Ballet Upper School. She has performed in Europe, China, Taiwan, Japan and Australia, rose to the rank of Principle Dancer with Hong Kong Ballet and later became assistant to the Artistic Director. After her retirement from dance, Chan sat on the Hong Kong Ballet Board of Governors for a number of years. She continues to perform as an actress for TV, cinema and stage, winning a Golden Horse Award, Taiwan's most prestigious film award and Portugal's Bronze Camellia award for best actress. Chan is honoured and thrilled to be performing with Hong Kong Ballet again where her journey first began!

Colleen Lee, Piano Soloist
Colleen Lee was Artist Associate of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta in 2010/2011 and was featured in the orchestra’s tours to the South America and Italy. Since winning the sixth prize at the prestigious Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2005, she has performed extensively around the world and has collaborated with such orchestras as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Galacia Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestras of Israel, China, Warsaw and Sendai as well as Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Lee has been featured at festivals including the International Chopin Festival in Poland, Pianoforte-Festival Meissen in Germany and International Keyboard Festival in New York. Her performance in Magic Piano & Chopin Shorts at the 42nd Hong Kong Arts Festival garnered rave reviews.

Lee currently teaches at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and is the Honorary Artist-in-Residence of The Education University of Hong Kong.

Albert Lim, Baritone
Albert Lim is one of the most active baritones in Hong Kong. Lim is trained at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, from which he received the Advanced Diploma and Bachelor of Music degree. Lim was admitted to the Royal College of Music in London, graduating with distinction from the Postgraduate Diploma programme in vocal studies. With his remarkable stage presence and fine lyrical singing, Lim has appeared frequently in opera and concert performances presented by Opera Hong Kong. Lim’s repertoire include Figaro from Le Nozze di Figaro, Papageno from Die Zauberflӧte, Escamillo from Carmen, Marcello from La Bohème, Ben from Menotti’s opera, The Telephone, and Umeya from Huang Ruo’s opera, Dr. Sun Yat Sen.

Lim is currently a faculty member of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also Choral Conductor of Hong Kong Children’s Choir and Assistant Chorus Master of Opera Hong Kong.

Louise Kwong, Soprano
Louise Kwong is the prize winners of numerous singing competitions, namely the second prize, Audience Prize and the Best Soprano prize at the 18th International Singing Competition Ferruccio Tagliavini in Austria, first prize at the Singing Competition Salice d’oro 2015 in Italy, first prize at the Singing Competition Città di Iseo 2015 in Italy and second prize at the 7th International Singing Competition Bell’arte in Belgium. She graduated from the Dutch National Opera Academy, the Conservatory of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands and the Royal College of Music, London. Her operatic roles include Cio-cio-san in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, Liù in Puccini’s Turandot, Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Anna in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and La Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.

Kwong’s achievements were recognized by the Hong Kong SAR Government when she was awarded the Young Artist Award in Music (2014) and the Commendatory Scheme of the Secretary of Home Affairs (2015).

Performance details

4-6 & 11-13.11.2016

Fri 7:30pm | Sat 2:30pm & 7:30pm | Sun 2:30pm

Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

$1,000 (VIP tickets) $680, $480, $280, $140
8 performances

Suitable for ages 6 and above

The performance lasts approximately 2 hours including two intermissions

Choreography Val Caniparoli
Libretto, Concept and Score Norbert Vesak and Robert Glay de La Rose (adapted by Val Caniparoli)
Music Frederic Chopin
Set Design David Gano; Act II set designed by Robert Glay de La Rose
Costume Design Robert Glay de La Rose
Lighting Design Alice Kwong
Assistant to the Choreographer Charla Whiteley
Live Accompaniment Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Conductor Benjamin Pope
Piano Soloist Colleen Lee

Baritone (Act II) Albert Lim

Soprano (Act III) Louise Kwong


50% offFull-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities (Limited tickets for students and senior citizens available on a first-come, first-served basis. This discount cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts.)
15% offFriends of The Hong Kong Ballet
10% off
(First two tickets)
CCDC Dance Inspirations Card holders, Members of Chung Ying Theatre's Energy Fun Club plus, Friends of HKCO, Friends of HKDC Prestige Members, HK Phil Club Bravo members, Members of HKRep Pals, Zuni's Friends, Fringe Club Members, Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association members, HKBU Foundation members and Hong Kong Dance Alliance members.
Group Booking10% off for every purchase of 10-19 tickets at regular price,
15% off for 20-40 tickets
Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discounts for each purchase.
Discounts are not applicable to $1,000 VIP tickets

$1,000 VIP ticket holders Special Privilege
Present your ticket stub to Hong Kong Ballet’s reception counter (Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre) before the end of intermission to receive a coupon for a free drink. Each ticket stub is valid for one free drink only.

15% off food and beverage at InterContinental Hong Kong
Ticket holders can enjoy 15% off food and beverage in all restaurants and bars at InterContinental Hong Kong before or after the performance upon presentation of their tickets on the performance date. For details, please call 2313 2323 or email to

Programme Plus! 

The Preview of Lady of the Camellias
Tue 7:30pm – 8:45pm

GR3, 8/F, Grand Theatre Backstage
Hong Kong Cultural Centre 

Get an exclusive first look at our inspirational season highlight and one of the greatest love stories of all time – Lady of the Camellias! Hong Kong Ballet dancers, designers and other special guests will take you deeper inside Val Caniparoli’s Asian premiére of this powerful tale of forbidden love between a renowned Parisian courtesan and a provincial bourgeois. This evening will also feature special performance excerpts from Lady of the Camellias by the Company’s dancers. Don’t miss this unique event!

Free admission 
Conducted in English 
Suitable for ages 6 and above 
Limited capacity, advance registration required 

Registration Details:

Pre-Performance Talks 

4.11.2016  Fri 6:50pm - 7:10pm
[Conducted in Cantonese]

5.11.2016  Sat 1:50pm - 2:10pm
[Conducted in English]

Level 2 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Come experience Val Caniparoli’s rapturous Lady of the Camellias, a brand new Hong Kong Ballet production, by joining us for an engaging 20-minute introduction to the performance, which may include discussions of choreography, music, history, design and the process of bringing this deeply romantic and tragic story of self-sacrifice and class divides to  life. These exciting talks with members from the Company will be a perfect introduction to your evening at the ballet and give you a better understanding of the production!

Free admission with Lady of the Camellias ticket

Champagne Partner
Make-Up Partner


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Photo 1: Lady of the Camellias promotional image | Dancers: Yao Jin and Jia-bo Li | Photographer: Tim Wong

Photo 2: Lady of the Camellias promotional image | Dancers: Yao Jin and Jia-bo Li | Photographer: Tim Wong


Photo 3: Lady of the Camellias promotional image | Dancer: Yao Jin | Photographer: Tim Wong


Photo 4: Lady of the Camellias promotional image | Dancer: Jia-bo Li | Photographer: Tim Wong


Photo 5: Val Caniparoli, Choreographer | Photographer: Chris Hardy

Photo 6: Colleen Lee, Piano Soloist
Photo 7: Albert Lim, Baritone
Photo 8: Louise Kwong, Soprano

About Hong Kong Ballet

An eclectic mix of talent, a balance of classical and contemporary works, and a unique repertoire are the trademarks of Hong Kong Ballet, Asia’s premier ballet company. Internationally recognised and acclaimed for its creativity, talent and artistry, the Company, led by Artistic Director Madeleine Onne, is committed to providing captivating experiences that delight and inspire audiences from all walks of life, both at home and abroad.

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