Young Artists from Hong Kong Grand Opera
Singers: Samantha Chong, Joyce Wong, Phoebe Tam, Alexander Chen and Gabriel Ma
Pianist: Ingrid Chan
Samantha Chong, mezzo-soprano
Malaysian-born mezzo-soprano Samantha Chong has just won the championship of the 41st National Singing Competition of Malaysia in December 2015. Samantha graduated with the Master of Music Degree 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’s 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.
In 2014 Samantha has made her débuts with Opera Hong and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Later that year, she sang the role of the Page in Richard Strauss’s Salome, again with Opera Hong Kong. In 2015, she sang the role of Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with Opera Hong Kong, alto soloist of Max Reger Requiem with Hong Kong Bach Choir, premier mezzo-soprano of “Legend of Pheonix” with Global Symphony Orchestra. Engagements in 2016 includes, “Legend of Pheonix” in Wenzhou, as a soloist in Drama Rashomon and Shake Shake Speare at the Sunbeam Theater, Stephano in Romeo et Juliette, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Emilia in Otello, Mercedes in Carmen, alto soloist in Charpentier’s Te Deum, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Mahler Symphony no. 8.
Joyce Wong, soprano
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.
Phoebe TAM, soprano
Phoebe Tam obtained her Bachelor of Music degree and Professional Diploma from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, receiving multiple scholarships during her studies. She subsequently obtained her Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music in New York under full scholarship from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund.
Tam has won in many local competitions in Hong Kong, and has recently won the regional round of the 32nd International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, participating in the final rounds in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She was also a semi-finalist in the Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours in Taipei. Her operatic roles include Mimi and Musetta in La bohème, Violetta in La traviata, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Despina in Così fan tutte, Sivene in Le cinesi, Angelica in Suor Angelica, Micaëla in Carmen, Cupidon in Orphée aux enfers and Metella in La vie parisienne. Her roles in 2015 include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette.
Alexander Chen, baritone
Since his début on stage at the age of 19, the Hong Kong Chinese baritone Alex Chen has performed with numerous opera companies in Hong Kong and the United States, including Opera Hong Kong, Opera Society of Hong Kong, City Opera Hong Kong, Pop Up Productions and New York Lyric Opera. His roles include Schaunard in la bohème, Figaro and Dr. Bartolo in The Marriage of Figaro, Dr. Falke in The Bat, Moralès inCarmen and John Styx in Orpheus in the Underworld and other supporting roles. Pursuing a strong interest in song cycles, Alex has also performed “Dichterliebe” – A Poet’s Love by Schumann, “Songs of Travel” by Vaughan Williams and “Don Quichotte à Dulcinée” by Ravel in New York city. Alex has appeared lately at the Hong Kong City Hall with Ponte Singers & Orchestra as the baritone soloist in the premiere performance of Vaughan Williams’ “A Sea Symphony” in Hong Kong.
Alex Chen completed his Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice at Manhattan School of Music in New York City, as a recipient of Manhattan School of Music scholarship, studied under baritone Maitland Peters, Chairman of Voice department, Alex holds a Master of Music in Voice from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Hong Kong, as a recipient of BSI Limited Hong Kong Branch Scholarship, FAMA Foundation Scholarship, Welsh Male Voice Choir Scholarship and Parsons Music Foundation Scholarship, studied under the tutelage of soprano Nancy Yuen, head of Vocal studies.
Gabriel Ma, Tenor
A graduate from the Jacobs School of Music (JSoM) at Indiana University, Gabriel MA earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music (Vocal Performance) under the tutelage of Professor Carlos Montané. He also holds a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA).
A performing musician, educator, and administrator, Gabriel had sung the roles of Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Monostatos in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar (LOSW), Germany. He is an Associate Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Ma is currently the Assistant Manager, Project Management for the Hong Kong Grand Opera Company Limited.
Sicilian Vespers aria
He shall Feed His Flock
Where’re you walk
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Soave sia il vento from Cosi fan tutte
Gia Il sole dal gange
Hallelujah chorus from “Messiah”
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