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.
Marcus CHOY, Countertenor
Marcus Choy graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, under the tutelage of Michael Rippon, majoring in vocal performance. After his studies in Hong Kong he attended the postgraduate Early Music singing studies programme at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague in the Netherlands under the tutelage of Michael Chance, Jill Feldman and Manon Heijne, whilst taking the harpsichord as his second studies. Choy has been awarded the Associateship of the Trinity College of Music in Vocal Recital and Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in Piano Performance when he was in the academy. He has also received numerous scholarships from the Academy, including the ‘Hong Kong Welsh Male Choir Scholarship’ and ‘Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation Scholarship.’
Choy has established himself as one of the foremost countertenors of his age, appearing extensively as a soloist in Europe. He made his operatic debut at the HKAPA with the role of Colin in Le Devin du Village by Rousseau. He gave vocal recitals at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, St John’s Cathedral in Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Sheung Wan Civic Centre in Hong Kong.
At the invitation of Radio Television Hong Kong, he sang in Handel’s Messiah and in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Bernstein’s Psalms with the Hong Kong Bach Choir as a countertenor soloist. Marcus also sang the alto solo in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at Chiesa di Fontegiusta, Siena, Italy which conducted by Michael Chance and Marcus sang the alto solo in Vivaldi’s Gloria in HKAPA. He also took the alto solo part of Bach’s BWV 21 with HK SingFest. He has appeared in numerous opera productions, including as a countertenor soloist in Soirée and Opera Retrospective at HKAPA, as a tenor in Weber’s Oberon as Oberon and Bellini’s La Sonnambula as Elvino.
Choy returned to Hong Kong and focused on the field of music education. He gave lectures at several tertiary institutions such as the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Hong Kong Community College and the Hong Kong International Institute of Music. He has also held seminars and was an adjudicator of several music competitions such as 1st to 9th Hong Kong Students Open Music Competition.