JOnah Bokaer- Opera Director, Choreographer, Visual Artist, Stage & Lighting
Jonah Bokaer is an international choreographer and media artist. His work, which integrates choreography with digital media, is often the result of his cross-disciplinary collaborations with artists and architects. At age 18, Bokaer was the youngest member in the history of Merce Cunningham Dance Company. At age 24, he started working closely with the world’s foremost opera director Robert Wilson. Together they completed 6 operas including Faust (Polish National Opera), Aïda (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma), KOOL (Japan/USA Guggenheim), Fronteras (IVAM Valenica), On The Beach (Baryshnikov Arts Center).
Bokaer is the author of 60 works in a wide variety of media (dances, videos, motion capture works, interactive installations, mobile applications, and film) which has been shown in 31 nations, including prestigious venues and festivals around the world, such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Festival d’Avignon, Spoleto Festival, La Triennale di Milano, Howard Gilman Opera House of Brooklyn Academy of Music, and SOLUNA International Music Arts Festival launched by Jaap Van Zweden.
Bokaer’s recent honours include the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (Choreography, USA 2015); USArtists Fellowship (Dance, Ford Foundation, 2015); NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts Fellowship (Royal Ballet of Flanders, 2016); Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship (Visual Arts, Italy 2016); the National Theatre of Serbia Prize (Theatre, 2017, first American awarded); the Mohr Visiting Artist Fellowship at Stanford University (January 2019); and five title medals for Team USA Ice Dancers this season.
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.
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.
This season he will perform 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.