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A native of Hong Kong, soprano Jessica Ng studied voice at the Mannes College of Music alongside her pursuit of a degree in Fine Arts. She continued her operatic training under the guidance of Metropolitan Opera star Harolyn Blackwell, and subsequently studied under Fred Carama, Marie McLaughlin and Chan Siu Kwan. Since her debut as the Konigin der Nacht in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in Weimar, Jessica has performed as Sandmannchen in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel at the Norwegian Opera and Ballet House, Drusilla in Trentino Music Festival’s Il Incoronazione di Poppea, and has reprised the role of Konigin der Nacht in Naples, conducted by Jeffrey Rink.
In 2016, Jessica sang the role of Ophelie in Great Shakespearean Scenes in Opera—a fully staged concert by MusicaViva—as well as Frasquita in their production of Bizet’s Carmen. She covered the role of Ma’am in Eli Marshall’s contemporary opera Mila, which she performed in a workshop performance at the Hong Kong Asia Society and in September 2017, Jessica made her debut in the leading role of Adina, in MusicaViva’s production of L’Elisir d’Amore. In the following January, she performed the role of Queen of the Night in Johannesburg, in Magdalene Minnaar’s Recycled Magic Flute.
In April 2019, Jessica sang the role of First Geisha and covered the main role of Otoko, in the world premiere of Elena Langer’s Beauty and Sadness, a chamber opera directed by Carolyn Choa. Additionally, she performed the role of Queen of the Night in MusicaViva’s production of The Magic Flute in April 2019, as well as the Contessa in their September production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Jessica will once again be performing the role of Queen of the Night at the Opera Hong Kong Young Artist Showcase in December, and is also scheduled to sing the role of Clotilde in MusicaViva’s December production of Bellini’s Norma.
Her concert work reflects an especial affinity for music arranged for voice and the harp. In 2017, Jessica and harpist Judy Ho were invited to perform the works of award-winning young composers Pieter Bezuidenhout and Franco Prinsloo at the Aardklop festival, South Africa. Their project, entitled In/Between: when China and Africa Meet, explored the links between the East and the South, and was comprised of Cantonese song cycles based on the poetry of Bai Juyi and Wang Wei.
Jessica is currently a Young Artist with the Jockey Club Opera Hong Kong Young Artist Development Programme.
Peggy Houng is an international prize-winning harpist currently residing in Hong Kong. She completed her Graduate Performance Diploma in Harp Performance in 2017 at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland under the tutelage of Dr. Ruth K. Inglefield. In 2016, she completed her Master of Music at Indiana University Bloomington’s Jacobs School of Music where she studied with Distinguished Professor of Harp, Susann McDonald, as a recipient of the Jacobs Fellow Award. At the same time, she completed the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, McGill University, and Oxford University’s Global Leaders Program, earning a Certificate in Teaching Artistry, Orchestral Leadership, and Social Entrepreneurship and winning the Hildegard Behrens Global Humanitarian Entrepreneur Award. Peggy also holds a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance from the Peabody Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science from the Johns Hopkins University.
As an accomplished soloist, Peggy was featured in two performances at the most recent World Harp Congress in Hong Kong in 2017. She won 4th prize in the advanced division the 24th International Harp Competition in Soka, Japan, 2nd prize in the 2016 ENKOR International Music Competition Strings Division, and the Catherine McDonald Memorial Award at the National Society of Arts and Letters Bloomington Chapter in 2015. As an orchestral musician, she toured with the Asian Youth Orchestra in 2012, playing concerts in Hong Kong, Tianjin, Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Taipei, Gunma, Sendai, and Tokyo. Other notable ensembles she has performed with include the Macau Orchestra, Cantabile, Occasional Symphony, Great Noise Ensemble, and Friday Morning Music Club.
Peggy has several interests revolving around music and the harp, and their potential applications to science and medicine. She served as a musician-in-residence at Broadmead Retirement Community as part of a collaborative program between the Peabody Institute and local retirement homes, offering musical services to residents in a clinical setting. She is currently completing a bachelor’s equivalency degree in music therapy and strives to obtain her board certification to become a music therapist soon.
Clair de lune
Over the Rim of the Moon:
The Ships of Arcady
A Blackbird Singing
Over the Rim of the Moon
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Home Sweet Home
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