Team 2019 Carmen|Hong Kong

ARTISTIC TEAM AND CAST

Jennifer Williams- Stage Director

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Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as an ‘imaginative’ director of ‘particular ingenuity’, Jennifer Williams is an innovator in multimedia, immersive and site-specific approaches to opera. She recently directed acclaimed new productions of Mohammed Fairouz's Sumeida's Song and Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek's 27 for Pittsburgh Opera; BMP: Next Generation, a double-bill of world premieres for Beth Morrison Projects at National Sawdust; the world premiere of Backwards from Winter for soprano, electric cello and electronics for the Center for Contemporary Opera, New York; a new production of Amahl and the Night Visitors for Michigan Opera Theatre; ‘consistently imaginative’ and ‘extraordinarily beautiful’ new productions with video projections of Ainadamar, Dark Sisters, Les contes d'Hoffmann, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and La bohème for Miami Music Festival; and Ariadne auf Naxos at Austin Opera. Williams, an experienced acting teacher and dramatic coach, has also served as Drama Coach for the Houston Grand Opera Studio.  

A Fulbright Scholar, Williams holds an Artist Diploma in Opera Stage Directing from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Ph.D. in Theatre Theory and Criticism from Cornell University and an A.B. with Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities from the University of Chicago.

https://www.jenniferwilliamsdirector.com/

Elio Orciuolo- Artistic & Music Director

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Elio Orciuolo began his career in 1988 as Assistant Conductor at Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Italy. Since then he has been dedicated to opera theatre in a number of roles, including chorus master, conductor, artistic director and music arranger. He conducts a wide range of symphonic repertoire and operas, including Aida, Rigoletto, Tosca, La traviata, Madama Butterfly, Carman, Don Carlo, L’elisir d’amore, Così fan tutte and many more, in Italy and across the globe.

 

Keen on teaching, Elio is often invited to give masterclasses for opera conductors and singers. In 2017 he was engaged by Opera Hong Kong as guest coach to its vocalists and chorus and under the Young Artist Development Programme supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.  

Julia Noulin-Mérat- Stage & Costume Designer

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Julia Noulin-Mérat is the founder of a New York-based production design firm specializing in theatre, film and television, with an emphasis on opera and immersive site-specific theatre. She has designed over 350 opera, theatre and television productions, including 15 new operas and 22 new plays, and produced 50 shows. Her operatic work includes La traviata at Boston Lyric Theatre, Bluebeard’s Castle at Opera Omaha, Lucia di Lammermoor and Così fan tutte at Commonwealth Opera, and The Barber of Seville at Opera Institute. Besides a collaboration with More Than Musical, her future plans include Norma and Giulio Cesare for Boston Lyric Opera.
https://noulinmeratstudio.com/about

Driscoll Otto- Video Projection and Lighting Designer

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New York-based Otto Driscoll recently designed lighting and projections for Matilda for Drury Lane Productions, Iolanta at Chicago Opera Theater, lighting for Pioneer Theatre Company’s The Lion in Winter and projections for Der fliegende Hollländer for Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Otto’s design work is seen frequently in New York City and regional theatres and opera houses across the USA. Highlights of his resumé include projection design for Santa Fe Opera’s production of The Golden Cockerel and The Metropolitan Opera’s production of La Donna Del Lago, which was transmitted by The Met Live in HD in 2015.

 

Melinda Sullivan- Choreographer

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Melinda Sullivan is a Boston-based choreographer, movement coach, and teacher with more than 30 years’ experience working with singers and dancers. She developed a unique movement and dance programme for opera singers at New England Conservatory where she taught and choreographed for 25 years. She is resident choreographer and movement coach at Central City Opera and Boston University Opera Institute.

 

Sullivan was recently appointed the Lucy Graham Director of Dance at the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF). She danced in her first BEMF production – Purcell’s King Arthur – in 1995. Her first choreography for BEMF was for Dido and Aeneas in 2010. Since then she has choreographed extensively for BEMF, including productions and revivals of Charpentier’s La couronne de fleurs and La descente d’Orphée aux enfers, Monteverdi’s Orfeo, and Pergolesi’s La serva padrona and Livietta e Tracollo. Sullivan continues to hold master classes and workshops in breath and body, stage presence, period dance, and ballet for singers.

Wei-En Hsu - Stage Music Director/Repetiteur

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Wei-En Hsu is a graduate of Taipei National University of the Arts, and of Juilliard School. Selected to attend the Royal Academy of Music in London as an exchange student from the Juilliard, Hsu spent 2004–2005 under the tutelage of Malcolm Martineau and Aaron Shorr.

Hsu has won a number of awards, including the Los Angeles International Liszt Piano Competition in 2010. He has worked as a répétiteur for One World Symphony, British Youth Opera, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Opera Theater Center, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Amore Opera. He is Associate Professor at The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and holds the répétiteur position there. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for his contribution to the music profession and community in 2017. In the following year he was named the 2018 NTCH Artist in Residence in Taiwan.

 http://weienhsu.com

Moon Jin Kim (Mezzo-Soprano)- Carmen

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Graduating from Yonsei University, South Korea, with a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts, Moon Jin Kim went on to hone her vocal technique in Italy in 2001–2006. Since then Kim has sung extensively in major European theatres such as Grosses Festpielhaus in Salzburg, the Philharmonic Concert Hall in Munich, the Giuseppe Verdi Auditorium of Milan, Teatro Verdi in Pisa, Kunstmin Theatre in Dordrecht (Netherlands), Ljubjana Opera House, the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, and the State Opera Rousse in Bulgaria.

Kim’s operatic roles include Azucena in Il trovatore, Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Beppe in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Teresa in Donizetti’s Teresa e Gianfaldoni, Rosa Mamai in Cilea’s L’arlesiana, Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Mamma and the Chinese Cup in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilège. In 2015 she debuted as Donna Ximena in Gazzaniga’s Don Giovanni Tenorio at Teatro del Giglio in Lucca; in 2016 she sang Pantalis in a new production of Boito’s Mefistofele at Teatro Verdi in Pisa. Kim is well known for her interpretation of the title role of Carmen, winning several competitions with arias from Bizet’s opera. Future plans include Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana at the Oderzo Opera Festival and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly at the International Festival in Scansano, Italy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSQSZGB3XB8

Jung Soo Yun (tenor)- Don JoSé

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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.

Shi Zong (Bass) - Escamillo

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Chinese bass Shi Zong graduated from the Odessa National A.V. Nezhdanova Academy of Music in Ukraine and was awarded an Italian government scholarship to pursue further studies at the Conservatory of Music Santa Cecilia in Rome. In 2005 Zong completed the Young Artists Programme of the Centre de Perfeccionament established by Plácido Domingo for Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain. Since then he has performed extensively in various international theatres and concert halls. Recent performance highlights include singing Mustafa in L’italiana in Algeri for Lunenburg in Canada and Teatro Verdi Trieste, Timur in Turandot for the Royal Opera House Muscat, and Sparafucile in Rigoletto. In 2019 he will sing Raimondo in Rossini’s Matilde di Shabran.

Works by Verdi, Rossini, Donizetti and Puccini form the major part of his repertoire. These include Ramfis in Aida, Timur in Turandot, Escamillo in Carmen, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Lodovico in Otello, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia and the Bonze in Madama Butterfly. Conductors he has worked with include Roberto Abbado, Alberto Zedda, and Gustav Kuhn.

 

Colette Lam (Soprano)- Frasquita

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Hong Kong-born soprano Colette Lam has interpreted a wide range of roles throughout Asia and Europe. These include Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Gilda in Rigoletto, Juliet in Roméo et Juliette, Micäela in Carmen, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Violetta in La traviata. She has performed in productions by Opera Hong Kong, Musica Viva (Hong Kong), Brent Opera (London), and Opera Lyrica (Oxford).  

Lam has also appeared as soloist in such venues as Colston Hall in Bristol; Esplanade in Singapore; Millennium Centre in Cardiff; Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Westminster Abbey, and Banqueting House in London; the Elena Obraztsova Cultural Centre in St Petersburg; and Abay Opera House in Almaty.

Lam obtained a Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She completed her Master of Music in Voice at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Samantha Chong (mezzo soprano)- Mercédès

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Malaysian-born mezzo soprano Samantha Chong was the champion of the 41st National Singing Competition of Malaysia, and the first prize winner of Singapore Lyric Opera Vocal Competition – ASEAN in 2016. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA).

 

Chong’s operatic roles include Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Stephano in Romeo et Juliette, Zheng Yi-Sao in The Legend of Zhang Bao-Zai, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Mercédès in Carmen, Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, and the title role of La Cenerentola. On the concert platform, she has sung solo parts in Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat in D, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Duruflé’s Requiem, and Mahler’s Symphony no. 8.

Lam Kwok Ho (baritone)- Zuniga

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Lam Kwok Ho has performed in opera productions by Opera Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). His operatic credits include Sciarrone in Tosca, Somnus in Semele, Marco and the title role in Gianni Schicchi, and Lindorf/ Coppélius/ Dr Miracle/ Dappertutto in Les contes d’Hoffmann. As a concert soloist, he has performed Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio under the baton of Helmuth Rilling. More recently he sang Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte in Taiwan.

 

Lam obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He received his Advanced Diploma and Master of Music degree from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He is currently a vocal teacher for the HKAPA’s Junior Music Programme.

 

Frankie Liu (tenor)- Le Remendado

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Frankie Liu obtained his Bachelor of Music degree from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) in 2007 and graduated with a Master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2009. He was awarded several scholarships during his studies, including a San Francisco Conservatory of Music scholarship, Peter and Nancy Thompson Scholarship, Coutts Bank Scholarship, and Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir Scholarship. 

 

Liu’s operatic roles include Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Don José in Carmen, Romeo in Roméo et Juliette, Goro in Madama Butterfly, Roderigo in Otello, and Altoum in Turandot. He has performed in Hong Kong, mainland China, North America and Europe. He is currently focusing on music education as a voice teacher, vocal coach and choir conductor.


TEAM 2018 THE KISS OF TOSCA

ARTISTIC TEAM AND CAST

 

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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).

http://www.nicmuni.com

 

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.

http://weienhsu.com

 

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.

http://www.karenchialingho.com

 

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; Lelisir 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.

 

STefan Gordon, baritone (The Monk)

Stefan Gordon has performed in operas, theatres, churches, and in concert throughout Germany, Austria, Italy, Hong Kong, Macau, and across America. He has created two leading roles in American opera premieres: Craig Bohmler’s Riders of the Purple Sage with Arizona Opera, where he appeared as the villainous Elder Tull, and with Ohio Light Opera, premiering the role of James Paradene in Jerome Kern’s The Cabaret Girl, a role he recorded with Albany Records.

Other roles include Count in Nozze di Figaro (numerous performances in Vienna), Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Eisenstein in Fledermaus, Sid in Albert Herring and Demetrius in Midsummer Night’s Dream among numerous others.

In the season 2018 he performed as Sharpless in Musica Viva’s Madama Butterfly and direct operas in the US, Austria, and England. When not singing or directing, Dr. Gordon teaches with the American Vocal Studio in Hong Kong.

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