The Jockey Club Opera Hong Kong Young Artists Development Programme which aims at raising the professional standard of local opera artists by providing tailor-made yet intensive training programme, is a major effort by Opera Hong Kong to strive for a breakthrough in local operatic art development. Not limited to performance by OHK, beneficiaries can also apply the skills which they have acquired in other art groups’ performances throughout the territory of Hong Kong, hence promoting the art form as a whole and making opera more accessible to all.
Hong Kong born soprano Colette LAM has appeared in operatic roles including Marie in La fille du regiment, Gilda in Rigoletto, Violetta in La traviata, Juliet in Romeo et Juliet, Norina in Don pasquale, Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte, Romilda in Serse, Amina in La sonnambulaand Rosina in Il barbiere di siviglia. Her major concert credits include Mahler’s Symphony No.2 in Colston Hall, Bristol, Shostakovich’s 7 Romances on Verses by Alexander Blok in RAM, London, Orff’s Carmina Buranawith Hong Kong Bach Choir, soloist in Concert Tour with Kent Sinfonia, U.K., Opera Gala in Millennium Centre, Cardiff. Colette has also début numerous new compositions in Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Westminster Abbey, London, and also in Zeist Netherland, Macau and Hong Kong.
Colette obtained a Master of Music in Voice at the Royal Academy of Music, London on a full scholarship by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund, and a Master Degree in Advanced Vocal Studies with Distinction at Wales International Academy of Voice, Cardiff onthe Li Po Chun Professional Training Scholarship.
Soprano Alison LAU is a recent graduate of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts where she studied with Madam Ella Kiang. She is currently studying with Lisa Saffer and pursuing her Masters of Music Degree at the New England Conservatory of Music. Alison was invited to perform while she was a student at the HKAPA with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and was selected as one of the RTHK ‘Young Music Makers 2012’. Her operatic roles include Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Amore inL’incoronazione di Poppea and Second Woman in Dido and Aeneas. She has performed highlights as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Musetta in La Bohème and Gilda in Rigoletto and was a winner of the Concerto Competition 2011-12. Alison has also performed with local choirs Die Konzertisten and Singchronizers.
Chinese soprano LI Yang is a highly versatile singer who embraces a wide range of repertoire and operatic roles. In recent years, she has sung Papagena in The Magic Flute; Micaëla in Carmenwith Singapore Lyric Opera; Gerhilde in Die Walküre; Silver Pearl in The Impresariowith Bangkok Opera; Alison in The Wandering Scholarwith the Singapore Opera Studio; as well as the title role of L’incoronazione di Poppea, The Cunning Little Vixen, Anna in The Merry Widow and Contessa in The Marriage of Figaro. other operatic credits include: Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Mimì in La bohème, Cio-cio-san in Madama Butterfly, Liù in Turandot, Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, Frasquita in Carmen, Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana and the title role of Aida. Li earned her Master of Music from HKAPA, and has trained with the Opera Studio Melbourne, where she made her Australia debut as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin at Her Majesty’s Theater.
Hailed by the South Florida Classical Review for her ‘sweetly sung portrayal of Suor Genevieffa’, soprano Joyce WONG was awarded the Third Prize in the 6th Yokohama International Music Competition in 2012. Graduated from the Westminster Choir College and Boston University, Joyce made her professional debut as Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro, followed by roles in Albert Herring (as Harry) at the Intermezzo Young Artist Program. In Le French May 2008, she performed alongside world-renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves in Werther as Sophie. Other notable roles includes Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Pousette in Manon, Lu Muzhen in Dr. Sun Yat-sen, Pamina in The Magic Flute, followed by Papagena in Hong Kong and The National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Wong was also a featured soloist in the Hong Kong Week at the Expo 2010 Shanghai.
Dominique CHAN studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and obtained her BA (Hon) in 2009 and PG Diploma in Performance (Voice) in 2011 at the Leeds College of Music. She was an active competitor in Mrs. Sunderland Music Festival and Rothwell Music Festival during her stay in the UK. Winning awards included Huddersfield Amateur Operatic Society Trophy (2009), The Pamela Bowden Trophy (2010), The Rothwell in Bloom Trophy (2012) and The Kirkwood Rosebowl (2012). She was a member of the Leeds Youth Opera, Opera Seria (Manchester) and Young Opera Venture (Leeds) in 2011 and 2012. Operatic roles included Hansel in Hansel & Gretel; Leader in The Tsar Has His Photograph Taken; Empress in The Poisoned Kiss and Rosette in Manon. Her recent performances include Heart of Coral and Datong – The Chinese Utopia (mezzo-soprano in six-member chorus) at the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2013-2015. She took part in Kwok Chi Kin’s movie As The Light Goes Out as a female vocalist.
Malaysian-born mezzo-soprano Samantha Chong graduated with the Master of Music Degree at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing under renowned soprano Nancy Yuen. She is a highly versatile singer who embraces a wide range of repertories. Her operatic roles include Fox Goldenmane in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Drusilla in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and the title role of Rossini’s La Cenerentola. She was the recipient of the Aedas Architect Group who sponsored her internship at the Opera Studio Melbourne in Australia in 2011/12. In 2014 she appeared as Marthe Schwerlein in Gounod’s Faust and Page in Richard Strauss’s Salome, as well as the mezzo-soprano solo in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.
An active tenor in Hong Kong classical music scene, CHEN Yong is widely known for his wit and passion in singing for opera and art song. Chen was the soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Hong Kong Philharmonic in 2013; Don José in Bizet’s Carmen with Opera Hong Kong in 2012; the lead role in June Lovers at the 40thAnniversary of Hong Kong Arts Festival (premiere, 2012). He graduated from the Vocal Department of Universität für Musik und Darstellender Kunst Wien, studied with Prof. Franz Lukasovsky with scholarship from Hong Kong. His excellent performance earned him a full scholarship for a Master degree in The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, under tutelage of Brian Montgomery.
Frankie LIU graduated with a Master degree at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he was a recipient of Conservatory Scholarship. He obtained his diploma in performing arts (Music) and Bachelor of Music from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He studied with Dr. Oliver Lo, César Ulloa and Katusha Tsui-Fraser. During his time in the Academy, he was awarded several scholarships, including The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Outstanding Tuition Fees, Peter and Nancy Thompson Scholarship, The Coutts Bank Scholarship and Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir Scholarship. Liu’s opera roles include Frantz in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, Prosper in Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne, Kasper in Menotti’s Amahl, Micah in Floyd’s Slow Dusk, Arsamene in Handel’s Serse, Silango in Gluck’s Le Cinese, Piquillo in Offenbach’s La Perichole, Arsamene and Bastien in Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne. He has also performed actively in different concerts included Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Brahms’ Liebeslieder.
Baritone and Bass
Sammy Chien graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2008. In 2006 he won the first prize in the Operatic Aria Class of the Hong Kong Youth Singing Festival. He has performed in more than20 major roles including Marcello & Schaunard in La Bohème, Germont in La Traviata, Escamillo, Dancairo & Moralesin Carmen, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ping in Turandot, Gondremarck in La vie Parisienne, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, King Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Crespel & Luther in The Tales of Hoffmann, Monterone in Rigoletto, Wagner in Faust and D’Estillac in La Veuve Joyeuse. He has also performed in concerts as the baritone soloist of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Dvorak’s Te Deumand Brahms’s Requiem, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy& Howard Blake’s The Bear. In 2015, his major performance including Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Lehár’s The Land of Smiles, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette.
Frankie FUNG has shown a great enthusiasm for vocal music during his study at Wah Yan College, Kowloon. In 2006, he sung Don Alfonso from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte(Act 1, scene 1) in school annual concert and played Kenickie from Greasein from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts’s EXCEL summer musical program. After graduation, he was invited to be a guest soloist in the annual concerts of his alma mater in 2010 and 2011, performing Bruckner’s Te Deum and Beethoven’sSymphonyNo.9. Fung has been studying vocal technique and interpretation with renowned Italian soprano Isabel Gentile and baritone Roberto Abbondanza since the age of 14, and participated in their master class during the summer holiday in Italy. After the graduation from university in Hong Kong, he pursed a master degree in chamber vocal music (Musica Vocale da Camera)in the G. Briccialdi of High institute of musical study in Terni, Italy (Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali G.Briccialdi di Terni)under the tutorship of Abbondanza and finished the Programme in 2015.