THE KISS OF TOSCA
ARTISTIC TEAM AND CAST
Nic Muni, Director
Nic Muni is Artistic Director for both the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and More Than Musical (HK). He has also served in that capacity for both Tulsa Opera and Cincinnati Opera.
For the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute, he has directed La Tragédie de Carmen, Florencia en el Amazonas and Impressions de Pelléas, and, elsewhere, Norma at Dallas Opera and Florida Grand Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor at The Academy of Vocal Arts (Philadelphia), Higglety, Pigglety, Pop and Die Zauberflöte at Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts Program, Don Giovanni at San Diego Opera and Don Pasquale at San Francisco Opera Merola Program. He served as Director and Production Designer of La Traviata for More Than Musical (2016 and 2017).
Wei-En Hsu, Music Director
A graduate of Juilliard School and Taipei National University of the Arts, and winner of the 2010 Los Angeles International Liszt Piano Competition, Wei-En Hsu enjoys a busy performing career throughout the US, Europe and Asia. He has established himself as a specialist in Baroque opera. He has also worked closely with living composers of his generation, promoting new music. Hsu now holds the repetiteur position at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.
Karen Chia-ling Ho, soprano (Tosca)
Karen Ho studied music and vocal performance in Taiwan and at the Eastman School of Music. She is a winner of the prestigious Renée Fleming Award from the Eastman School of Music. In 2015 she made her role and company debut as Liù in Turandot at St Petersburg Opera. In 2016–17 she made her debut at the San Francisco Opera in the world premiere of Dream of the Red Chamber as Princess Jia, a role she reprised at the 2017 Hong Kong Arts Festival. The same season also saw her Carnegie Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra. In 2017–18 she toured Japan as Violetta in La Traviata.
Jung Soo Yun, tenor (Cavaradossi)
Hailed by Opera Now magazine as a rising star, the South Korean tenor Jung Soo Yun was first prize-winner of the Richard Tauber Prize (2010)‚ the Stuart Burrows International Voice Award (2010), Les Azuriales Opera competition (2010), and the Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition (2011).
Jung has sung Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore; Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier and Macduff in Macbeth (Opera North); Lensky in Eugene Onegin (Grange Park Opera); Alfredo in La Traviata and Rodolfo in La Bohème (Danish National Opera); Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (Göteborg Opera); and Mainfroid in Les Vêpres Siciliennes (Royal Opera House, London). He made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2013 with a recital programme of Schubert‚ Liszt‚ Strauss and Korean art songs. He has also performed in programmes for BBC Radio 2 and Radio 3.
Carlo Kang, baritone (Scarpia)
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Carlo Kang is a winner of several vocal competitions including Placido Domingo’s Operalia (2001) and Jaume Aragall of Girona (2002). Kang’s past performances include Otello in Novara; La Bohème in Toyama Hall, Japan; as Scarpia in Tosca at Bari Festival; Bellini’s Zaira in Montpellier; Il Trovatore in Piacenza; L’elisir d’amore, Rigoletto, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Carmen in Seoul; and Nabucco in San Galgano Festival. More recently he was invited by The Japan Opera Foundation (Fujiwara Opera) to sing Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and the title role in Don Giovanni. Kang is currently a professor at Kyung Hee University in Seoul.
Sammy Chien, baritone (The Monk)
Sammy Chien is a graduate of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He was a first prize-winner in the Operatic Aria competition of the Hong Kong Youth Singing Festival. He has performed more than 30 major operatic roles, including the title roles in Gianni Schicchi and Don Giovanni. He is currently one of ten members of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Opera Hong Kong Young Artist Development Programme and is conductor of the Music Lover Choir.