Moonfest 2018

Tough life worth it for opera

In Ji Gong, The Living Buddha: The Legend Of The Snow Fox, Sun Cui Feng plays the Snow Fox who sacrifices his immortality for love.
In Ji Gong, The Living Buddha: The Legend Of The Snow Fox, Sun Cui Feng plays the Snow Fox who sacrifices his immortality for love.PHOTO: ESPLANADE - THEATRES ON THE BAY

Sleeping rough and getting injured - veteran opera artist Sun Cui Feng has experienced them all while learning martial arts to perform opera

Beneath the glittering costumes and deft acrobatics of Taiwanese opera, or ge zai xi, is a world of pain.

So says Sun Cui Feng, the 60-year-old star of renowned Taiwanese Hokkien opera troupe Ming Hwa Yuan Arts & Cultural Group.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 04, 2018, with the headline 'Tough life worth it for opera'. Print Edition | Subscribe