Colette LAM, Soprano
Hong Kong Born Soprano Colette Lam has been singing with Opera Hong Kong and Musica Viva in Hong Kong. Lam has recently appeared as Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme, Micäela in Bizet’s Carmen under Baton of Yves Abel, Adina in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore with Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Juliet in Romeo et Juliet (directed and designed by Arnaud Bernard), Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
While studying at Wales International of Voice in Cardiff with renowned Tenor Dennis O’Neill CBE, LAM completed her role study as Violetta in La traviata and Rosina in Il barbiere di siviglia with Italian Soprano Nuccia Focile and made her role début in Hong Kong and U.K. respectively. Besides, Lam has appeared as Gilda in Rigoletto, Marie in La fille du regiment, Norina in Don pasquale, Frasquita in Carmen, Gianetta in L’elisir d’Amore, Königin der Nacht in Die ZauberflöteOther. Other European Operatic appearances include Papagena (Cover Pamina) in Die Zauberflöte in Netherlands, and Amina in La sonnambula in London.
Lam’s 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, Schnittke’s Requiem and Bach Cantata No.139 in Macau, Schumann’s Dichterliebe in a multi-media project in Taipei and National Chiao Tung University, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Orff’s Carmina Burana with Hong Kong Bach Choir, Handel’s Messiah in Singapore’s Esplanade, Poulenc’s Gloria with The Learner’s Chorus, guest soloist in Star Bach and Unmasked Vivaldi with Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra, soloist in New Year Concert Tour with Kent Sinfonia, U.K., Opera Gala in Millennium Centre, Cardiff and soprano soloist with Artemisia touring around Europe. Lam has also débuted numerous new compositions and given song recitals in Sadler’s Wells Theatre and Westminster Abbey, London, also in Zeist, Netherland, Singapore, Macau and Hong Kong.
Lam obtained her BMus (Hons) at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with Michael Rippon Memorial Scholarship and Jacky Chan Charitable Fund. Upon completion of the Master of Music in Voice (Prep-opera) and Dissertation at the Royal Academy of Music, London on a full scholarship by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund, she went on to do another Master Degree in Advanced Vocal Studies (Opera) with Distinction at Wales International Academy of Voice, Cardiff on the Li Po Chun Professional training and Postgraduate Scholarship. Lam has been awarded a full Scholarship by the Michelle Fondation in Luxembourg to study with Italian Soprano Barbara Frittolli. She is currently a member of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Opera Hong Kong Young Artist Development Program.
Samantha Ying-zing Chong, Mezzo-soprano
Malaysian-born Mezzo-soprano Samantha Chong is the champion of the 41st National Singing Competition of Malaysia, and the first prize winner of Singapore Lyric Opera Vocal Competition – ASEAN in 2016. Samantha graduated with the Master of Music Degree, having earlier earned her Bachelor of Music Degree both at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). She received generous support from the FAMA Scholarship, John Hosier Trust Scholarship 2012, and Aedas Scholarship during her studies at the HKAPA.
Samantha is a highly versatile singer who embraces a wide range of repertoire. Her operatic roles include: Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Stephano in Romeo et Juliette, Martha Schwerlein in Faust, Emilia in Otello, Zheng Yi-Sao in The Legend of Zhang Bao-Zai, and the title role of Rossini’s La Cenerentola. On the concert platform, she has sung the alto solo parts in Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat in D, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Duruflé’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony no. 8 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and etc..
Performances in 2018 includes, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Mercédès in Carmen, Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Mozart’s Great Mass, Händel’s Messiah and a rerun of symphonic poem Legend of Pheonix in Vienna.
Chen Yong, Tenor
Tenor CHEN Yong is currently very active in the Hong Kong classical music. Mr. CHEN has performed leading roles including Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Rudolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème, Tonio in Donizzeti’s La Fille du Régiment, Don José in Bizet’s Carmen etc. He has performed with Les Chorégies d’Orange, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Opera Hong Kong, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Shanghai, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Beijing International Comic Opera Festival, l’Opéra de Poche, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, and Musica Viva (Hong Kong).
Chen Yong now is a member of Jokey Club Opera Hong Kong Young Artist Development Program, he graduated from the Vocal department of Universität für Musik und Darstellender Kunst Wien with full scholarship. His excellence also earned a full scholarship to study for a master’s degree in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Sammy Chien, Baritone
Sammy CHIEN graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2008, majoring in voice. He was the first prize winner in the Operatic Aria competition of the Hong Kong Youth Singing Festival in 2006.
He has performed more than 20 operatic roles, including the title role in Don Giovanni, Marcello and Schaunard in La bohème, Germont in La traviata, Escamillo, Dancairo and Morales in Carmen, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ping in Turandot, Sagrestano in Tosca, Gondremarck in La vie parisienne, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette Tschang in Das Land des Lächelns, King Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Crespel and Luther in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Monterone in Rigoletto, Wagner in Faust, and D’Estillac in La Veuve joyeuse, etc.
On the concert platform, he has sung the title role of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and baritone solos in Dvořák’s Te Deum, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, JS Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, and Howard Blake’s The Bear.
Helen Cha, Piano
Hailed as a “deeply expressive” pianist in Music and Vision, Helen Cha is the Music Director of Musica del Cuore and the Artist-In-Residence at Academia S. Pio X.
Claiming top prizes at the 12th Hong Kong (Asia) Piano Open Competition Open Class, Piano Texas Concerto Competition, Eastman School of Music Concerto Competition, and Thousand Islands International Chopin Competition, Cha has given concerts in USA, UK, Italy, Austria, Belarus, Moldova, South Korea and mainland China, collaborating with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Ballet, Moldova National Chamber Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra and a number of local ensembles, under the baton of Yip Wing-sie, Takuo Yuasa, Mikhail Sechkin, Patrick Souillot, Neil Varon and Emil de Cou, among others, and appeared at festivals like Fête de la Musique, ISCM World Music Days, Le French May, HKS ArtisTree Residency, and the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival.
A sought-after young educator, Cha became Studio Assistant to world-renowned pedagogue Professor Nelita True and Teaching Assistant in Music Theory and Musicianship at the Eastman School of Music in 2006. At age 26, she was appointed the Coordinator in Performance Studies and Lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist University Department of Music. She has given workshops, lectures and masterclasses presented by local universities, Music Office (LCSD), EXCEL Summer Piano Festival (HKAPA), Hong Kong Professional Piano Education Academy, Hong Kong Piano Music Association and guest faculty at the Hong Kong International Piano Performance and Education Conference (2013-2015). She serves regularly as Western Music Advisor for the Chinese University Department of Music, and has been an adjudicator for local and international competitions. She is the presenter of “Chamber Fragrance”, “Debussy Recollection” and “Non-Stop Classics” on RTHK, and a featured performer in Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s Gold Record “This is Classical Music 3” (2014).
Entering the HKAPA Junior division at age 9, Cha became first recipient of Fellowship Diploma (with distinction) from the Associated Board Royal Schools of Music in Hong Kong and an awardee of Jockey Club Scholarship during college, and finished her Bachelor Degree with first class honours in 2005 under Gabriel Kwok. Subsequently, she earned the Performer’s Certificate (2007), Master of Music (2007), Master of Arts (2009) and her Doctorate of Musical Arts (2010) at the Eastman School of Music with highest academic achievements, and was appointed the Master and Doctorate Marshals respectively in 2009 and 2010 by the Dean.
Selected opera excerpts
Ludwig van Beethoven
Choral Fantasy in C, Op. 80