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.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, soprano Alison Lau holds degrees from New England Conservatory of Music and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She is currently a young artist with the Jockey Club Opera Hong Kong Young Artist Development Programme. Recently, Alison was awarded the first prize at the 10th Yokohama International Music Competition. In 2014, Alison has won the Outstanding Performance Award at the MIMF Vocal Competition in New York.
Alison is an avid concert singer with a passion for art songs and the baroque repertoire. Alison is on demand as a concert soloist with numerous orchestras and was featured in “Young Music Makers 2012”, a series of recordings and documentaries by RTHK4. As an opera singer, Alison has performed principal roles in Cosi fan tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Boheme, The Merry Widow, L’incoronazione di Poppea and Dido and Aeneas. She has won critical acclaim her performance as “a beautiful Helena with great promise dramatically and vocally” (Time-Out Magazine) in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Alison’s musical training was generously supported by the Opera Hong Kong K. Wah International Vocal Scholarship, Foundation for the Arts and Music in Asia Vocal Scholarship, the Andy Anselmo Scholarship in Voice, the NEC Merit Award and Scholarship, the Hong Kong Children’s Choir Vocal Scholarship and the Michael Rippon Memorial Vocal Scholarship.
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.
Charlie Cha graduated from the Hong Kong academy for performing arts majoring in voice. The training is commenced by Mr. Michael Rippon and the later on with Mr. Brian Montgomery and recently with Mr. Dong-Jian Gong. Li has performed in many operas including Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s La Traviata , Puccini’s Le Villi, Offenbach’s La Perichole and Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne. He has also performed in concert as Mozart’s Requiem and Faure’s Requiem.
Li also obtained a bachelor of music with 1st class honor from the Education University of Hong Kong majoring in Jazz piano, understudy with Mr. Ted Lo. He also performed as a Jazz pianist in varies venues such as Hong Kong Culture Centre.
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 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.