Jacques Offenbach was born on 20 June 1819. Born in Cologne, the composer studied cello at the Paris Conservatoire and then became a composer who is famous for his operettas (light opera). The composer had composed more than 100 operettas and was known for the famous opera Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann), which was left unfinished at his death.
The concert celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Offenbach birth in 2019 with a programme of the great composer’s early cello compositions, and a selection of art songs from Fables de La Fontaine (The Fables of La Fontaine), and Les Voix Mystérieuses (Mysterious Voices) and vocal show-pieces from La Périchole, La Vie Parisienne (Parisian Life), Orphée aux Enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld), La Belle Hélène (The Beautiful Helen) and Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann).
The concert is part of Muisca Viva’s Recital Series in Celebration of the Birth of Great Composers supported by the by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) 2018/19 Year Grant – Extra Activities Grant.
Colette Lam, soprano
Colette Lam has appeared in numerous principal operatic roles internationally. Her major concert credits include art songs recitals, oratorios and symphonic concerts in London, Bristol, Cardiff and Taipei. After graduating from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, she obtained a master’s degree in Voice at the Royal Academy, London, and International Academy of Voice, Cardiff.
Phoebe Tam, soprano
After graduating at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Phoebe Tam obtained her Master of Music from the Mannes College of Music in New York. She is the prize-winner of several vocal competitions. She has taken many principal roles in the operatic repertoire.
Carol Lin, mezzo-soprano
Internationally acclaimed Hong Kong mezzo-soprano Carol Lin has taken principal roles in opera productions and has been the featured soloists in art-song, oratorio and chamber music performances. Carol holds a Bachelor of Music from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston.
Frankie Liu, tenor
After graduating from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Frankie Liu obtained his master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His operatic repertoire includes roles in works by Handel, Mozart, Gluck, Mendelssohn, and Brahms.
Sammy Chien, baritone
Graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2008, Sammy Chien has performed more than 20 operatic roles. He collaborates with Musica Viva, singing most recently the roles of Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, Marcello in La Bohème and Talbot in Maria Stuarda.
Isaac Droscha, baritone
Isaac Droscha received his Doctorate in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan. He has performed numerous operatic roles in the United States, the Czech Republic and Hong Kong. Droscha has sung as soloist in symphonic concerts and oratorios as well as art song recitals and opera productions.
Jia Nan, cello
Jia Nan earned her bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours and her master’s degree with Distinction, both in music from The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts under the supervision of Prof. Ray Wang. She has won Second Prize in Cello and First Prize in the Chamber Division of the Schoenfeld International String Competition in 2013.
Natalia Tokar, piano
Originally from Russia, Natalia Tokar completed her master’s studies and aspirantura at the Saint Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. In 2014, she was awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts from Michigan State University. Tokar made her debut with Kaliningrad Philharmonic in 1998. She has been actively performing in solo recitals, symphony programs and chamber music concerts in Russia, the United States and Hong Kong.
Alexander Wong, piano
Alexander Wong is an active and versatile collaborative keyboard performer. After graduating from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, he obtained his master’s degree in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music from Eastman School of Music. Wong is currently a répétiteur of Die Konzertisten, Qin Music, Young Vocalists and Musica Viva.
Anna Ngai, piano
Anna Ngai graduated from the Mozarteum University Salzburg with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Music Pedagogy (Piano). While teaching in Musikum Salzburg, she was invited to perform in the Wasserburg festival in Germany. Ngai is currently a répétiteur of Musica Viva under the Artistic Internship Scheme supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.