Hong Kong-based soprano Jessica NG studied voice at Mannes College of Music alongside her pursuit of a degree in Fine Arts. While designing sets for the Morningside Opera company, she continued her operatic studies under the guidance of Metropolitan Opera star Harolyn Blackwell. Her “appealing, agile voice” is particularly suited to Mozartian and Baroque repertoire, and she has performed works such as Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate, his Coronation Mass in C Major, Bach’s Wedding Cantata (BWV 202), Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen (BWV 51) as well as early Italian works by Sances and Monteverdi, in New York, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. Jessica has performed under the baton of Jeffrey Rink in Naples, Italy, where she sang the role of Konigin der Nacht in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte—a role she debuted in 2014 in Weimar, Germany, where she has also sung the part of Papagena.
Recently she sang the role of Frasquita in MusicaViva’s The Story of Carmen, Drusilla in a production of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea directed by Greg Eldridge, and also Sandmannchen in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel in Oslo, conducted by James Duddle. Jessica has performed in Woodhouse Opera’s production of Lully’s Armide, singing the roles of La Sagesse, La Naiade, Artemidor and Lucinde. Other roles in her repertoire include Blondchen (Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail), La Fee (Massanet’s Cendrillon),and Olympia (Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffman).
Her concert repertoire reflects an affinity for harp music. Along with harpist Judy Ho Ching-man, she has performed Britten’s Eight Folk songs, Ravel’s Cinq Melodies Populaires Grecques, as well as songs by Faure, Chausson and Hahn. Their exploration of French Baroque music has yielded concerts featuring arias by Gluck and Rameau, and harp songs by Queen Marie-Antoinette.
Born in Hong Kong, Judy HO is one of the most sought-after harpists of her generation. She studied for her master’s degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Under the guidance of Imogen Barford, she graduated with distinction, and was later awarded an Artist Fellowship. Her early harp training began at the age of twelve with Ann Huang at the Hong Kong Music Office and later gained her bachelor in music(hons) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong with Amy Tam. She also held a visiting position at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts under the guidance of Dan Yu.
Judy currently enjoys a diverse career and performed across Europe and Asia as soloist, chamber, orchestral player and cross-arts collaborator. Her duo with saxophonist Tim Sun was recently interviewed and broadcasted by the RTHK Radio 4. She has worked with orchestras such as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Macao Orchestra and Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared as soloist and chamber musicians in many concert venues since her return to Hong Kong, this includes the Chinese University, Baptist University, Fringe Club, St John’s Cathedral, local churches etc. She has played in various renowned festivals and Orchestral Academy including the Salzburg Festival, Schleswig Hostein Festival, Asian Youth Orchestra, Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Young Euro Classic, City of London Festival, Menton Festival, Taiwan International Harp Festival, Singapore Harp Festival, 1st Asia Harp Festival etc.
Jointed with her sister Jennifer, she formed the Symmetry Harp Duo in 2013. Within two years, they have given numerous recitals in London and Hong Kong, where their debut concert in London was interviewed by SingTao Daily newspaper. Their appearance in the 2016 Asia Harp Festival in Korea as well as 2015 Taiwan International Harp Festival has won high acclaims with their new arrangements. With the generous support of Tanza Trust, Symmetry Duo is delighted to commission and premier renowned composer Paul Patterson’s new duo piece at the World Harp Congress 2017 in Hong Kong.
Les roses d’ispahan
Le Rossignol (Harp solo)
Del cabello mas sutil
Con que la lavare
De donde venis amore
The Last Rose of Summer (arr. Britten)
Oh what a Beautiful City (arr. Hairston)