Ya Le Opera Troupe/blazes an opera path in Kaohsiung 雅樂歌劇團/樂此不疲唱出高雄歌劇新天堂
They are a group of active music teachers and they call themselves people with "opera caner." For the last decade, they ran the only one opera troupe in Kaohisung devoted to the production of operas performed in local language and directed by local directors, and the only one opera troupe funded by the private sector.
Opera is an expensive art. Ya Le's sponsor Kuo Tsai-lian (the wife of city councilor Li Fu-hsing), pointed out that the production of opera calls for joint efforts of many art talents and huge funds. The task that can seemingly be fulfilled only by public musical institutes was taken by a group of opera-lovers for 10 years. This indicates their great passion for opera.
Alto Liao Miao-chen beamed with joy and said, "music is to be shared." They enjoy singing together and even out differences with common love for music.
Members of Ya Le never get tired of year-round rehearsals and performances. In early years, they had to frequently travel long distance to the north to cooperate with Taipei Opera House. Later on, they decided to establish an opera troupe for their city. Along the way, they had wonderful days and grew keener on the art of singing.
Today, they have gained mature skills and created a style of their own. Director Sh Kao-e explained why he organized the troupe in the first place, "The opera troupe formed entirely by Kaohsiung residents will stay forever. Foreign groups depart soon after the show ends. They are like bonsais which never take root."
Next year Ya Le will stage the western version of "Shih Hsi Chi," a repertoire of traditional Taiwanese opera. The juxtaposition of eastern and western art forms poses a great challenge. The Executive Producer Lo Chiu-yu hopes to make it an opera for all, namely simple and understandable.