Carol LIN, mezzo-soprano
As Renée Fleming said, “an impressive and beautiful voice”, Carol Ho-Yan Lin, the young Mezzo-soprano in Hong Kong, brings her rich tone to a wide variety of repertoire. She has already distinguished herself on the operatic and concert stage. In May 2013, Ms. Lin has won the regional round of the 32nd International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition and represented Hong Kong to participate at the final rounds along with the world’s toppest young opera singers in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Earlier of 2013, she won the Third Prize at the ”Giovani Musicisti – Città di Treviso” International Music Competition in Treviso, Italy. In January 2013, she performed as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana (Hong Kong Musica Viva) with high claims to her dramatic characterizations in both singing and acting.
In August 2011, she has won the Yokohama International Music Competition along with the Judges’ Special Award and performed at the Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall. During December 2008, Ms. Lin made her American debut by performing as Cherubino, one of the most famous Mezzo-soprano operatic roles in Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) directed by the world-renowned director Nic Muni in the Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston. In November 2009, she performed as the Third Lady from Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) in Hong Kong and Beijing with a debut of new co-production of Opera Hong Kong, National Centre for the Performing Arts in China and Norwegian Opera. In August 2010, she made her Southeast Asia debut by singing as the Alto soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Singapore Esplanade Concert Hall.
Ms. Lin has been a regular artist of Opera Hong Kong (OHK) since 2006. Recently she performed as Flora in OHK’s new production of La Traviata. She made her OHK debut as the Alto soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and Favorite Arias concert conducted by Hong Kong Sinfonietta music director, Wing-Sie Yip. Later on, she performed as Stephano in the Hong Kong premiere of Romeo et Juliette. In October 2011, she was engaged to sing as Shokicho’s wife in the world premiere of a three act grand opera “Dr. Sun Yat-sen”. She was also invited to sing as the Mezzo-soprano soloist in the Shanghai World Expo in October 2010.
Ms Lin made her debut with Hong Kong Musica Viva as Suzuki in their first opera production of Madama Butterfly directed by Hong Kong renowned director Professor Kingman Lo. Continuing her work with Musica Viva, she was engaged to perform as Marquise in La Fille du Régiment in January 2010, the title role of Carmen in November 2011 and Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor in January 2012. In addition to her performances with Opera Hong Kong and Musica Viva, her extensive list of stage credits include Dorabella (Cosi Fan Tutte), Romeo (I Capuleti e I Montecchi), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Charlotte (Werther), La Principessa (Adriana Lecouvreur), the title role of Serse, Athamas (Semele), Mercédès (Carmen), Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri), Dorothée (Cendrillon), Mrs. Grose (The Turn of Screw), Dido (Egisto), Mastrilla (La Perichole), Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and Mrs. Bassett (Summer and Smoke) .
Apart from operas, Ms. Lin maintains an active soloist of concert performances with major organizations from Hong Kong and overseas, such as Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Aspen Sinfonia, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Radio and Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Radio 4, Hong Kong Bel Canto Singers, The Learners’ Chorus, Hong Kong Youth Choir, Hong Kong Voices, and Uppingham Chapel Choir of England. She has sung Vivaldi’s Gloria in D Major, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Mass in C and Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Duruflé’s Requiem. She has also appeared as one of the mezzo-soprano soloists in various concerts including An Evening of Opera Excerpts and Chinese Songs Concert produced by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong Government.
Carol Ho-Yan Lin, a native of Hong Kong, earned her Bachelors Degree in Music with Honors, and Diploma in Performing Arts from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, majoring in Voice and Opera. On 2006, she was awarded the Lady Fung Memorial Music Fellowship of Asian Cultural Council to study in Aspen Music Festival and School. The year after, she received the Yvette & Carl Fung Music Fellowship of Asian Cultural Council and the New England Conservatory Perkins Opera Scholarship to continue her studies under American Mezzo-soprano, Delores Ziegler, at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She had just been awarded her Masters Degree in Vocal Performance in May 2009. During her school years, she was chosen to perform in front of the world renowned Soprano Renée Fleming, Soprano Sumi Jo, Soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Baritone Sir Thomas Allen with high acclaim on her performances.
Alexander Wong, piano
Alexander is an active and versatile collaborative keyboard performer. He holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music from Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music (first class honor) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has been awarded Chung Chi College’s Head List, Departmental prize and placed in Arts Faculty Dean’s List during his studies. His major mentors include Dr. Mary Wu, Jeffie Leung, Wong Kin Yu and Dr. Jean Barr. He has appeared in various master classes, including these given by Graham Johnson, Steven Isserlis, Kirill Gerstein and Tetzlaff Quartet.
In 2014, he participated in the Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival as a collaborative pianist in the Voice Program. Alexander has collaborated with various Choirs such as Eastman School of Music Repertory Singers, Robert Westleyan College Chorale, Hong Kong Oratorio Society, Chinese University Chorus, Cantacore Society.
Alexander is currently a Répétiteur at Die Konzertisten, MusiCall and Musica Viva (Sponsored by Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s “Music Artistic Internship Scheme”).
Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy Songs), Op. 103
He, Zigeunerlieder, greife in die Saiten ein! (Hey, gypsy strike up on your strings!)
Hochgetürmte Rimaflut (How troubled are you, river Rima)
Wisst ihr, wann mein Kindchen am allerschönsten ist? (Do you know when my sweetheart is most fair?)
Lieber Gott, du weisst wie oft bereut ich hab (Dear God, you know how often I’ve rued the day)
Brauner Bursche führt zum Tanze (The swarthy lad)
Röslein dreie in der Reihe blühn so rot (Three little red roses bloom in a rot)
Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn, mein süsses Lieb (Do you ever remember, sweet love)
Rote Abendwolken ziehn am Firmament (The red clouds of evening drift across the sky)
Zigeuner-Sonate (Gypsy Sonata), Op. 107b
ii. Indisches Märchen (Indian fairytale). Andantino Innocentemente
v. Aufbruch am Morgen (Departure in the morning). Allegro Vivace
Cigánské Melodie (Gypsy Songs), Op. 55 B. 104
I. Má píseň zas mi láskou zní (My song resounds of love)
II. Aj! Kterak trojhranec můj přerozkošně zvoní (Ah, how my triangle ringing)
III. A les je tichý kolem kol (The forest is quiet all around)
IV. Když mne stará matka zpívat, zpívat učívala (Songs my mother taught me)
V. Struna naladěna, hochu, toč se v kole (The string is tuned)
VI. Široké rukávy a široké gatě (Wide sleeves)
VII. Dejte klec jestřábu ze zlata ryzého (Give a hawk a cage)
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