Jockey Club Community Sustainability Fund –
“Bel Canto” Inclusive Virtual Opera Project
Apart from the general public, the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic has impacted even more on the daily activities, emotion and social life of the disabled people in the community due to the continuous social distancing measures. Thanks to the generous support of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, Opera Hong Kong has initiated an online opera training programme for the visually impaired people. Starting from mid-February of 2021, participating beneficiaries will receive face-to-face or online vocal training by professional opera coaches. In addition to learning the Bel Canto singing skill and the knowledge about the art form, the programme hopes to empower them to face adversity through artistic achievement. After the 15-20 weeks of training, the participants will perform a series of choral works with the accompaniment of a chamber orchestra, which will be filmed and produced as a short concert video. By launching the video online in August 2021 through different social media platforms, the participants can share their talent and achievement with the public and promote the value of diversity and inclusion at the same time.