The Jockey Club Opera Hong Kong Young Artists Development Programme which aims at raising the professional standard of local opera artists by providing tailor-made yet intensive training programme, is a major effort by Opera Hong Kong to strive for a breakthrough in local operatic art development. Not limited to performance by OHK, beneficiaries can also apply the skills which they have acquired in other art groups’ performances throughout the territory of Hong Kong, hence promoting the art form as a whole and making opera more accessible to all.
Hong Kong Born Soprano Colette Lam has appeared in operatic roles including Marie in La fille du regiment, Gilda in Rigoletto, Violetta in La traviata, Juliet in Romeo et Juliet, Norina in Don pasquale, Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte, Romilda in Serse, Amina in La sonnambula and Rosina in Il barbiere di siviglia. Her 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, Orff’s Carmina Burana with Hong Kong Bach Choir, soloist in Concert Tour with Kent Sinfonia, U.K., Opera Gala in Millennium Centre, Cardiff. Colette has also début numerous new compositions in Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Westminster Abbey, London, and also in Zeist Netherland, Macau and Hong Kong. Colette obtained a Master of Music in Voice at the Royal Academy of Music, London on a full scholarship by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund, and a Master Degree in Advanced Vocal Studies with Distinction at Wales International Academy of Voice, Cardiff on the Li Po Chun Professional training Scholarship.
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.
Lyric soprano Li Yang, is a highly versatile singer who embraces a wide range of repertoire and operatic roles. She has sung Liu (Turandot); Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte); Papagena (Die Zauberflöte); Micaëla (Carmen); Gerhilde (Die Walküre); Silver Pearl (The Impresario); Alison (The Wandering Scholar); Jinzi (The Savage Land); Stephano (Roméo et Juliette); as well as the title role of L’incoronazione di Poppea, The Cunning Little Vixen, Anna in The Merry Widow, and Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro.
Her operatic credits include Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Mimì in La bohème, Cio-cio-san in Madama Butterfly, Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana and the title role of Aïda. Li earned her Master of Music from HKAPA, she has also trained with the Opera Studio Melbourne, where she made her Australia debut as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin. She has been a featured soprano soloist in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes, and Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Vivaldi’s Gloria in D.
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.
Dominique gained her Postgraduate Diploma in Performance (Voice) at the Leeds College of Music under the tutorial and guidance of Mary Plazas and Jane Anthony. She was an active competitor in Mrs. Sunderland Music Festival and Rothwell Music Festival during her stay in the UK. Winning awards included Huddersfield Amateur Operatic Society (2009) and the highest honor – The Kirkwood Rosebowl from Rothwell Music Festival(2012). Operatic roles include Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette, Empress in The Poisoned Kiss, Rosettte in Manon and Leader in The Tsar Has His Photograph Taken. She has also performed a number of major vocal works as a soloist with various orchestras, such as Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem. Her recent performances include Hong Kong Arts Festival’s chamber opera productions Heart of Coral (world premiere and Taipei re-run) and Datong: the Chinese Utopia (world premiere).
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.
Mezzo-soprano Bobbie Zhang was born in Shanghai, China. She obtained her Bachelor of Music degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with a scholarship. After her BMus studies, she worked at the Shanghai Opera House. She appeared in numerous concerts as a soloist, including in the China premiere of Shostakovich’s Jewish Folk Poetry, Op. 97, as the mezzo-soprano solo, Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été . She has sung several roles including Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Tisbe in La Cenerentola, Cherubino and Marcellina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Orlofsky in Die fledermaus，Juno in Semele and Mercédès in Bizet’s Carmen. Bobbie is a graduate her Master of Music degree at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under the tutelage of Nancy Yuen. She received generous support from FAMA Scholarship and Academy EXCEL Scholarships during her studies at the HKAPA. She is now a voice instructor at HKAPA’s Junior Programme.
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.
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, Chariman 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.
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 is a participant of the Jockey Club Opera Hong Kong Young Artist Development Programme since 2015. Sammy Chien has performed more than 20 operatic roles, including the title role in Don Giovanni, Escamillo, Dancairo & Morales in Carmen, Marcello & Schaunard in La bohème, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Germont in La traviata, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Capulet & Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette, Ping in Turandot, Gondremarck in La vie parisienne, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Crespel and Luther in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Monterone in Rigoletto, Sagrestano in Tosca, Tschang in Das Land des Lächelns, King Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, 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, etc.