With a talent and personality as cosmopolitan as her birthplace of Hong Kong — entertainer Frances Yip truly justifies the description of “international star”.
Frances has performed in more than 30 countries on five continents, and travels more than 60,000 miles each year.
She is equally at home singing Chinese opera at a nightclub in Singapore, or popular English ballads at London’s prestigious Savoy Hotel.
Her performance venues have been as diverse as the Friendship Theatre in Guangzhou, China; to a casino cabaret in Swaziland in Africa; on board the famed luxury liner, QE2; a Polynesian cultural centre in Tahiti; and the renowned Caesars Palace Hotel, Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world.
In an active recording career, Frances has released more than 80 albums, mainly of songs in English, Cantonese or Mandarin, and she has also had hits in Thai, Japanese and Polynesian.
Frances has also appeared on television in a dozen different countries, including a Chinese New Year’s Eve spectacular broadcast live from Beijing, to an audience estimated at more than 400 million.
She has appeared in three full-length feature films made by independent producers in Hong Kong.
Frances achieved worldwide recognition when she was selected by the Hong Kong Government to be a co-presenter at the British Farewell Ceremony to mark the transfer of sovereignty in Hong Kong.
The event on June 30th 1997 was watched by a television audience estimated at 120 million, in more than 80 countries around the globe.
Another milestone in Frances’ career came in Hong Kong in November 1998 when she performed at two sell-out concerts at the Hong Kong Coliseum, backed by the 92-piece Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
The critics were unanimous in their praise: “Vibrant and exciting” “Sheer professionalism” “A majestic vocal talent” and “Indeed — simply the best.”
In 2000-2001, Frances fulfilled an ambition by appearing in one of the leading roles in “Jubilee” — a Cantonese stage musical which ran for a record-breaking season in Hong Kong.
In 2002, Frances held two cross cultural concerts with renowned American jazz singer Patti Austin in the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. The Mayor, Willie L Brown Jr., attended the concert and declared May 28th 2002 as “Frances Yip Day” in San Francisco “to acknowledge her achievements in and contributions to both Eastern and Western music.”
In January 2004, Frances returned to perform with the Hongkong Philharmonic Orchestra at five sold out concerts at the Cultural Centre Concert Hall in Hong Kong.
She also became the first Hong Kong artiste to perform with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at a fundraising concert held at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, Canada in October 2004 for the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation, a Chinese charitable organisation that offers multi-level care to the needy.
Later the same month, Frances performed at three concerts at the 18th Macau International Music Festival, backed by the 85-strong Macau Chinese Orchestra. When tickets for the performances were issued, they were sold out within an hour.
In 2005, Frances triumphed again when she performed with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, the cultural ambassadors of Hong Kong, first in four concerts with the full orchestra, and later in December, with an ensemble at the official Gala hosted by the Hong Kong Government for the visiting Ministers of the World Trade Organisation.
In May 2006, Frances added to her successes in Macau and Hong Kong with a sell out concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, performing with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.
On record, television, or movies, or live in concert or cabaret, Frances Yip has a talent “discovered” by many thousands of fans in two dozen countries around the world — a talent which aptly sums her up as “Asia’s leading lady of song”.