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Children's Choir Online Application (New!!!) The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
4 May 17 Opera Fever 5 歌劇狂熱慶銀禧 The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
9 Nov 16 Opera Passion 4 The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
3-8 Nov 16 2nd International Opera Exchange Master Class The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
27 Oct 16 Bellissima Italia Presentation Ceremony 2016 Bellissima Italia
9 Oct 16 The Rising Stars 2 The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
24-26 Sep 16 Guangzhou Evangelical Musc Tour Christ our Saviour Church, Guangzhou
12 Jul 16 2nd International Opera Exchange Masterclass Online Application The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
19 May 16 Opera Fever 4Ever 歌劇狂熱唱不停 The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
19 Feb 16 The Rising Stars The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
19 Dec 15 Music from Vienna Concert Global Symphony Orchestra
11-13 Dec 15 Il Trovatore 2015 LCSD
14 Sep 15 Opera Passion III 歌劇濃情 III The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
11-13 Sep 15 1st International Opera Exchange Master Class 國際歌劇交流大師班 The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
15 May 15 Opera Fever 3 The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
21 Sep 14 Audition for Turandot 2014 The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
10 Sep 14 Mid-Autumn Gala The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
30 Jun 14 Embracing the World The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
15 May 14 AGM 2014 The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
13 Feb 14 Opera Fever II - Love The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
13-15 Dec 13 Rigoletto 2013 LCSD
14 Sep 13 Opera Fever - OSHK Members' Mini Concert The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
4-6 Jan 13 Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci LCSD
29 Oct 12 20th Anniversary Gala Concert The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
14 Oct 12 Audition for Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
25 Sep 12 Children Chorus Audition for 20th Anniversary Gala Concert The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
27 Aug 12 Audition for 20th Anniversary Gala Concert The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
6-8 Jan 12 Lucia di Lammermoor 2012 LCSD
1 Oct 11 Audition for Lucia di Lammermoor 2012 The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
7-8 May 11 Tosca in Guangzhou The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
13 Apr 11 AGM 2011 The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
21-23 Jan 11 L'Elisir d'Amore LCSD
18 Oct 10 Audition for L'Elisir d'Amore 2011 The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
4 May 10 Andrea Bocelli in Asia 2010 The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
29-31 Jan 10 La Fille du Regiment LCSD
12 Nov 09 Audition for La Fille du Regiment 2010 The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
2-4 Jan 09 Madama Butterfly LCSD
24 Dec 08 A World Christmas RTHK Radio 4
10 Oct 08 Audition for Madama Butterfly 2009 The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
15-17 May 08 Offenbach's La Perichole Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau
24 Apr 08 AGM 2008 The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
24 Nov 07 15th Anniversary Celebration Party The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
20 Nov 07 Opera Society 15th Anniversary Concert The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
2 Nov 07 15th Anniversary Concert Rehearsals The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
19 Jul 07 A New Daddy Chun Hin and Vicky
5 Jul 07 Sign Up for a Night of Boat Trip and Cuttlefishing The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
3 May 07 From Opera to Musical The Opera Society of Hong Kong with Rotary Clubs
19 Apr 07 AGM 19 April 2007 The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
21 Mar 07 ANNOUNCEMENT: Special Offer to Renee Fleming in Concert Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
23 Jan 07 Approaching 15th Anniversary The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
26 Dec 06 Christmas Party on Boxing Day The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
24 Dec 06 Season's Greetings in the Park RTHK Radio 4
14 Dec 06 ANNOUNCEMENT: Rehearsals for "Venetian Night" The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
25 Nov 06 Singing at Peggy and Tony's Wedding Friends of The Opera Society of Hong Kong
29 Oct 06 Nature, Birdwatching, and Seafood Expedition The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
10 Oct 06 ANNOUNCEMENT: Rehearsals for "Season's Greetings in the Park" The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
20 Apr 06 AGM and Members' Concert The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
24 Dec 05 Messiah in the Park RTHK Radio 4
27 Nov 05 Hiking at the Peak The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
24 Jul 04 Singing Gala The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
6 Jul 04 Elementary French Class The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社
18 Oct 03 Love for Hong Kong for Opera Opera Hong Kong
18 May 02 Fruits on the Tree 樹上的果子 Hugo Productions (HK) Ltd.
Children's Choir Online Application (New!!!)

To support opera and choral singing education from young age, the Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社 is pleased to establish its Children's Choir since August 2016. New classes will commence on 4 Mar 2017.


Course details


Date: New classes starting on 4 Mar 2017 (Every Saturday except public holiday)
Venue: Ko Shan Theatre New Wing Singing Practice Room
Time:

11:00am -12:15pm

For age 8 and above

HK$1,380 / 2 months

12:00noon - 1:00pm

For age 4 and above

HK$1,200 / 2 months





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Opera Fever 5 歌劇狂熱慶銀禧
Following the success of previous concerts of the same series, the Opera Society of Hong Kong is presenting the Opera Fever 5 Concert, which is again a Le French May Associated Project, as the first major event of its 25th anniversary year.

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Opera Passion 4

Opera Passion has become an exciting event by the Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社 to demonstrate our continuous passion for opera and to showcase outstanding participants from the International Opera Exchange MasterClass.  


This year we were again joined by the two Italian masters Chiara Angella and Silvio Zanon.  Together with the participants from the MasterClass and the Children's Choir, passionate singers delivered an enjoyable concert before the dawn of our 25th year anniversary.



Date: 9 Nov 2016 (Wed)
Venue: Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall

Exciting and rich programme with solo, ensemble, chorus and children's chorus covering repertoire with a thematic style to provide you an enjoyable evening!

Check our FB page and stay tuned to our announcements for more details!

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2nd International Opera Exchange Master Class

With the success of the 1st International Opera Exchange MasterClass, our two Italian masters Chiara Angella and Silvio Zanon returned to Hong Kong in Nov 2016 and conducted the 2nd International Opera Exchange MasterClass.  For this year, there was longer individual lesson time and all participants had chance to sing at the MasterClasses.  They also performed either as solo or ensemble in the final highlight, the Opera Passion 4 concert, together with our Masters and other experienced singers.

*** Discount offered to Society members and 2 scholarships offered to participants with outstanding performance!


Important dates:

July 31 - deadline for 20% Early Bird special discount
August 31 - deadline for audition clip & registration fee payment
September 10 - applicants notified of audition results
September 17 - deadline for Singer's participating fee payment

What's happening in November 2016 

3 (Thur) 7-8pm           Talk on vocal technique*
              8-10pm          Masterclass*

4 (Fri)    7-10pm          Singing Lesson

5 (Sat)   2:30-5:30pm  Singing Lesson 
              7-10pm          Masterclass*

6 (Sun)  2-5pm            Ensemble practice

7 (Mon)  8pm              Opera Prima 
                                    UNICEF Fundraising
                                    Charity Concert

8 (Tue)   2:30-5:30pm Singing Lesson
               7-10pm         Rehearsal with Orchestra*

9 (Wed)  4-6pm           Rehearsal on stage                               
               8pm              Opera Passion 4 Concert*
                                    at Concert Hall, 
                                    Hong Kong City Hall 

* - Open for public

Visit our FB event for more details about the MasterClass and the photo albums.

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Bellissima Italia Presentation Ceremony 2016
The Children's Choir of the Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社 was invited to sing at the Victoria House for the Bellissima Italia Presentation Ceremony on 27 October 2016.

Many congratulations to the OSHK Children's Choir on their successful premiere performance in front of 160+ VIPs including the Chief Secretary, Mrs Carrie Lam and the Italian Consul General, Mr De Riu!


17 young singers sang heartily to kick off the ceremony and received enthusiastic applause from the floor!

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The Rising Stars 2

Still remember the impressive performance by our young Rising Stars in early 2016?  The Rising Stars 2, 2nd project of this education program series by the Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社 is again tailored for young talents with age 6 to 17 having ABRSM Grade 5 or above equivalent in voice or musical instruments.


The shortlisted young talents received not only the opportunity to perform on stage, but also training by professional tutors to perform ensemble with the other young performers.

Performance Date: Oct 9, 2016 Sunday 

Venue: 8/F Recital Hall, Hong Kong City Hall


Music Director: Li Si-Lai

Concert Manager: Tracy Chan

Pianist: Karl Hui


Final shortlisted participants and program:

1.     Mezzo-soprano Solo (Skylar Li)

i.      塔里木河  維吾爾族民歌 克里木詞

ii.     Far From The Home I Love from "Fiddler on the Roof" Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick

2.     Female Trio (Angel Chau, Skylar Li & Alice Keung)

Three Little Maids From School from "The Mikado" Music by Arthur Sullivan, Words by W. S. Gilbert

3.     Mezzo-soprano Solo (Alice Keung)

Summertime from "Porgy and Bess" Gershwin & Heyward

4.     Female Duet (Angel Chau & Alice Keung)

Prayer from "Hansel and Gretel" Engelbert Humperdinck

5.     Soprano Solo (Angel Chau)

i.      How Beautiful Are The Feet from "Messiah" G. F Handel

ii.     Madrigal Jules Massenet

6.     Zheng Solo (Giana Yeung)

i.    香山射鼓  曲云

ii.     豐收鑼鼓  彭修文、蔡惠泉

7.     Soprano Solo (Chloe Fu)

i.      Shiny Cecil Cope

ii.     When Daisies Pied T. A. Arne

8.     Female Duet (Cindy Lee & Chloe Fu)

臉如花  青主作曲 杜安世詞

9.     Female Trio (Chloe Fu, Cindy Lee & Giana Yeung)

The Lark In The Clear Air Irish Air, Arranged by Edgar Deale

10.   Mezzo-soprano Solo (Giana Yeung)

Love Walked In Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin

11.   Piano Solo (Jessica Chan)

i.      Sonata in Bb K570, 3rd Movement - Allegretto   W.A. Mozart

ii.     Waltz in E Minor Op. Posthumus   Chopin

12.   Soprano Solo (Rachel Lorelle Chu)

i.      Sapphic Ode Johannes Brahms

ii.     Over The Rainbow from "Wizard of Oz" Music by Harold Aelen, Lyrics by E Y Harburg

13.   Female Duet (Cindy Lee & Rachel Lorelle Chu)

Plasir D'amour Music by Martini, Words by Helen Taylor

14.   Soprano Solo (Cindy Lee)

i.      Sebben, crudele Caldara

ii.     My Ship from "Lady in the Dark" Weill & I. Gershwin

15.   Harp & Piano Solo (Pearl Chan)

i.      Toccato David Snell

ii.     Waltz in B minor, Op.69 No.2 Dryderyk Chopin

16.   Female Trio (Cindy Lee, Rachel Lorelle Chu & Giana Yeung)

Till There was You from "The Music Man¡§ Meredith Willson

17.   Female Ensemble (Cindy Lee, Rachel Lorelle Chu, Giana Yeung, Chloe Fu, Angel Chau, Skylar Li, Alice Keung, Jessica Chan)

Puttin' On The Ritz Music & words by Irving Berlin, Arranged by Kirby Shaw

18.   Finale

Who Will Buy from "Oliver!" Lionel Bart

Tonight from "West Side Story" Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Arranged by William Stickles




Enquiries: Please call Ms Chan on 91363961 or email: development@opera.org.hk

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Guangzhou Evangelical Musc Tour

The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社 is very pleased to be invited by 廣州救主堂 to participate in an evangelical music tour from 24 to 26 September 2016.

This is a meaningful religious event and an exceptional experience for singers and non-singing participants!


Programme

Introit: O Praise the Lord by Adrian Batten


 A Mass Setting through the ages by various composers
- Kyrie from Missa de Angelis
- Gloria from Missa Papae Marcelli by Giovanni Pierlugi da Palestrina
- Credo from Nelson Mass by J. Haydn
- Sanctus from Requiem by W. A. Mozart /Franz Xaver Süßmayr
- Benedictus from A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins
- Agnus Dei from Mass for 5 voices by William Byrd


 Anthems:
- Laudate Dominum by W. A. Mozart (Soprano solo with chorus)
- I give to you a new commandment by Peter Nardone
- Everytime I feel the Spirit arranged by Bob Chilcott
- Dona Nobis Pacem (Traditional Canon)
- Hallelujah Chorus by G. F. Handel


Highlights of itinerary
24 Sep - Arrive Guangzhou, rehearsal and Joint Sacred Choral Concert (慶祝中國三自教會成立66週年) 
25 Sep - Service singing (3 sessions: 9am; 11am & 6pm)
26 Sep - Free time in Guangzhou and back to Hong Kong

 

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2nd International Opera Exchange Masterclass Online Application
Our two Italian Masters Chiara Angella and Silvio Zanon will return to Hong Kong to conduct the 2nd International Opera Exchange Masterclass. 


This year the program is further enriched to provide even more education and performance opportunities!

***Scholarships will also be awarded to the two Most Outstanding Singers of the Masterclass.

Click the links to get more details and apply online:



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Opera Fever 4Ever 歌劇狂熱唱不停

Opera Fever 4Ever:

An Associated Programme of Le French May 2016

歌劇狂熱唱不停:法國五月節2016聯辦節目

19/05/2016 Hong Kong City Hall Theatre   8pm

2008 marked the Opera Society of HK's first encounter with Le French May in the production of La Perichole.  The fantastic experience has left indelible memories with many of our singers. In Opera Fever 4EVER, we present a charity concert and opera education program to showcase our passionate singers and young professionals. The opera repertoire is rich and fiery singers of opera could hardly quench their fever of singing by singing more. In this concert, we will highlight favorite French operatic arias and excerpts from works including Carmen, Faust, The Tales of Hoffmann, and more. Don't miss this fantastic evening of feverish French opera singing and enjoyment!

2008年標誌著香港歌劇社與法國五月節的邂逅當年演出輕歌劇秘魯歌兒的經驗實在給我們留下了寶貴的回憶。「歌劇狂熱唱不停是一個集慈善音樂會和歌劇音樂教育的項目讓我們一班發燒歌手和年輕演唱家能一展才華歌劇的曲目太豐富了也充滿火熱和激情 - 歌劇演唱者的狂熱往往不能只靠演唱多一些歌曲就可以降溫在這場音樂會裏我們將精選演唱法國歌劇中備受喜愛的選段來自卡門》、《浮士德》、《霍夫曼的故事等等大家千萬不要錯過欣賞法國歌劇狂熱演唱這美妙之夜

 



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The Rising Stars

A Concert of Young Talents

This is part of the education program presented by The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社.


The aims of this concert are:
(1) to nurture the young talented singers and instrumentalists of our Society
(2) a warmup concert for their coming competitions and examinations

Music Advisor: Raymond Fu
Pianist: Ming Kwong

Performers:
Giuseppe Fu (Bass Trombone & Voice)
Tiana Chan (Violin, Piano & Voice)
June Rippon (Organ, Cello & Voice)
Angelina Lee (Cello, Viola & Voice)

*Free admission with light refreshments after concert

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Music from Vienna Concert
The Opera Society of Hong Kong ­香港歌劇社 has been invited to sing in a festive and fun concert "Music from Vienna" on Saturday, December 19, 2015, at Concert Hall, City Hall Hong Kong. We'll be singing in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy for piano, chorus, and orchestra, Handel's Hallelujah Chorus, and yes, The Blue Danube Waltz by J. Strauss in an originally written-for-chorus mixed chorus version, and more. 

Concert is presented by the Global Symphony Orchestra and under the baton of Maestro Ka Lok Mak. Come sing with us to have fun or come to the concert to enjoy! 

Detailed information could be viewed on FaceBook

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Il Trovatore 2015
An opera in four acts, performed in Italian with Chinese and English subtitles.

Directed by Lo Kingman and conducted by Lio Kuokman, this production ofMusica Viva 非凡美樂 will see the collaboration between world-renowned stars and home-grown talents. 

Raymond Fu, Chorusmaster, directs the Chrous of The Opera Society of Hong Kong 香港歌劇社 once again (since Il Trovatore 2001) to bring alive the legendary troubadours, nobles, and gypsies on the Hong Kong stage.

Four shows:
11-12 December 2015 (Fri, Sat) 7:45pm
12-13 December 2015 (Sat, Sun) 2:45pm

Venue:
Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall 
5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong

Tickets:
$630, $460, $300, $150
Discount tickets available for eligible persons.
Available at URBTIX now.

Enquiry: 3761 6661

Programme is presented by LCSD and click here for more information and opera synopsis


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Opera Passion III 歌劇濃情 III
"Opera Passion III" concert is not just another concert presented by the Opera Society of HK. It is in fact the fruit from an educational aspiration of the Society. Through organizing the "1st International Opera Exchange Master Class" on Sept 11 - 13, 2015, local young talented singers could learn and work together with world-class opera singers Chiara Angella & Silvio Zanon from Italy.

The Concert on Sept 14 will showcase outstanding participants from the Master Class, together with the two Italian masters, the Opera Society Chorus & Orchestra conducted by Raymond Fu. You will hear excerpts from well known operas including:

PROGRAMME

WAGNER             Tannhäuser                Freudig Begrüssen (Entrance Of The Guests)

PUCCINI              Tosca                          Te Deum (Baritone with Chorus)

                              Fanciulla del West     Ch'ella mi creda (Tenor solo)

MASCAGNI          Cavalleria Rusticana   Excerpts

VERDI                   Forza del destino       Invano Alvaro (Tenor and Baritone duet)

                              Il Trovatore               Excerpts from Act 2

                              Nabucco                    Va, pensiero

BIZET                    Carmen                     Habanera (Mezzo-Soprano solo)

MOZART               Magic Flute               Finale

ROSSINI                Mose                         Dal Tuo stellato soglio2

Tickets are available at URBTIX now.  Opera Passion III FB Eventpage.

Enquiry: 9024 3593
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香港歌劇社主辦的歌劇濃情Ⅲ音樂會不是一場普通的音樂會透過在2015911-13日舉辦第一屆國際歌劇交流大師班」,歌劇社實踐其一貫致力推廣西洋歌劇藝術教育的抱負讓我們的青年歌手有機會得到來自意大利的世界級歌劇演唱家基雅娜安潔娜及西爾維奧薩隆親自指導

914日的音樂會將由參加大師班學員當中表現最優秀者聯同兩位大師及香港歌劇社合唱團和管弦樂團擔綱演出由符潤光指揮屆時大家將欣賞到著名歌劇之選段包括:

節目

 華格納    唐懷瑟    序曲

 普契尼      托斯卡     謝恩讚美歌 (男中音及合唱)

                        《西部女郎》請讓她相信 (男高音獨唱)

 馬斯卡尼鄉村騎士》 選段 (女中音男中音及合唱)

威爾第        命運之力》 阿瓦羅你休想躲起來

                                       (男高音與男中音二重唱 )

                         遊唱詩人》  第二幕選段 (女中音及合唱)

                         拿布果        希伯來奴隸大合唱

比才              卡門           愛情像野鳥(哈巴奈拉舞曲)

                                         (女中音及合唱)

 莫札特       魔笛》          終曲

羅西尼       摩西在埃及》從你的繁星寶座/紅海祈禱合唱

門票現於城市售票網公開發售  歌劇濃情Ⅲ 面書專頁

查詢可致電 9024 3593

香港歌劇社面書

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1st International Opera Exchange Master Class 國際歌劇交流大師班
歡迎參加「第一屆國際歌劇交流大師班」
Two internationally renowned Italian opera singers Chiara Angella and Silvio Zanon will conduct workshops on vocal techniques and individual lessons from September 11 to 13, 2015.

Download Master Class Leaflet

Greetings from the two Masters: Video

Master Class on Facebook


Master Class will be held on:

September 11, 2015 (Fri) 7:30-10:00pm (Vocal Techniques)
September 12, 2015 (Sat) 10am-12noon, 2-3:30pm, and 3:45 -5:15pm (Singing Lessons)
September 13, 2015 (Sun) 3-5pm (Master class for individual singers), and Evening (Rehearsal for the concert)

The 6 best participants of the workshops will have the possibility to attend the individual master class and be
personally coached by Chiara Angella and Silvio Zanon.  Outstanding participants will also be invited to sing at the OPERA PASSION 3 CONCERT on September 14, 2015 (Mon) at the Concert Hall, HK City Hall.

Please call 9024 3593 to register as Audience.

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Opera Fever 3
The Opera Society of Hong Kong's Members' Mini Concert 2015 Opera Fever 3 follows the success of our previous Opera Fever mini concerts held in September 2013 and February 2014.

Date : 15 May 2015 (Friday)
Time : 8:00pm
Venue : 5/F, Lecture Hall, Sheung Wan Civic Centre

Tickets: $50 available by reservation or at the door.
Reservation and Enquiry: Call Si-lai Li at 94605219.


A delightful programme of opera arias and art songs performed by soloists and ensembles:

Susanna Leung, mezzo soprano, with Peter Leung, pianist
- Habanera from "Carmen" by George Bizet
- Caro Mio Ben by Guiseppe Giordiani

Tiana Chan, soprano, with Ivan Wong, pianist
- Ach, ich fuhl's from "Magic Flute" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Elle a fui, la tourterelle from "The Tales of Hoffmann" by Jacques Offenbach

Canny Chan, soprano; Flavia Ho, mezzo soprano; with Albert Kwong, pianist
- Barcarolle from "The Tales of Hoffmann" by Jacques Offenbach

Eddy Mak, baritone, with Abby Nga Yee Wong, pianist
- Eri Tu from "Masked Ball" by Giuseppe Verdi
- Avant de quitter ces lieux from "Faust" by Charles Gounod

Tiana Chan, soprano; Shirley Yeung, soprano; with Albert Kwong, pianist
- Flower Duet from "Lakme" by Leo Delibes

Flavia Ho, mezzo soprano, with Albert Kwong, pianist
- Voi che sapete from "Le Nozze di Figaro" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Tu lo sai by Giuseppe Torelli

Canny Chan, soprano, with Gracie Tse, pianist
- Allerseelen Op.10, No.8 by Richard Strauss
- Deh Vienni, non tardar from "Le Nozze di Figaro" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Susanna Leung, mezzo soprano; Eddy Mak, baritone; with Albert Kwong, pianist
- La Traviata Duet by Giuseppe Verdi

Shirley Yeung, soprano, with Mylene Chan, pianist
- Dove sono from "Le Nozze di Figaro" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Un bel di, vedremo from "Madama Butterfly" by Giacomo Puccini

Finale, with all
- Santa Lucia, traditional Neapolitan song

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Audition for Turandot 2014

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will present an opera production of Puccini’s Turandot in December 2014. Experienced singers are invited to audition to be chorus members.

*** Both Adult Chorus and Children Chorus are being recruited. ***

Audition Date: 21 September 2014 (Sun)
Time: 6:00-10:00pm
Venue: GR3, Grand Theatre 8/F, Hong Kong Cultural Centre


Performance Dates: 12-14 December 2014 (Fri to Sun)
Performance Venue: Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
Production: Musica Viva
Director: Lo Kingman
Participating Chorus: The Opera Society of Hong Kong
Chorusmaster: Raymond Fu

Yes, The Opera Society of Hong Kong last performed Turandot in 1996!

Turandot 2014 Rehearsal Schedule:
7:30-10:00pm Mondays and Thursdays from mid-October 2014 on (details to be confirmed)

Chorus Members' Basic Requirements:
Age: Children Chorus: 6- 12; Adult Chorus: 18 or above
Chorus Experience: For Adult Chorus: 3 years or more (with formal vocal training preferred)
Audition: (a) An aria of own choice; and (b) Sight-singing test

Interested singers please complete audition application form at:
http://tinyurl.com/operasociety-aud-140921

Application deadline : 31 August 2014
Audition appointments will be confirmed by email on/before 7 September 2014.

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Mid-Autumn Gala

A Musical Feast of...

Choir with wine glasses, golden bells, love duets, fun piece from bass bone, passionate opera excerpts and even wild Broadway trio.

Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Time: 8:00pm
Place: Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, Central


Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/353096341508668


Performers

Gloves Handbell
Claudia Chan
Simon Chan
Veronica Cheung
Connie Ho
Lo Po Yan
Giuseppe Fu
Gladys Ho
Kar-kit Kwok
Jessica Ng
Shirley Yeung
Angelic Singers
Concert Choir of the Opera Society of Hong Kong, which will sing:
1. Stars by Eriks Esenvalds
2. J'entends le moulin (I hear the millwheel), arr. Donald Patriquin
3. The Battle of Jericho, traditional spiritual, arr. Moses Hogan
(Hear we sing The Battle of Jericho.)

Pianist: Patience Fung

Music Director & Conductor: Raymond Fu

Tickets: $500 (VIP), $180,$120, $80. Available at URBTIX.

Programme Enquiry:
Tel: 9024 3593
Email: hkoperasociety@gmail.com

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Embracing the World

** Pre-World Choir Games Fundraising Concert **

Come and support the Opera Society of Hong Kong's Female Vocal Ensemble for our trip to the World Choir Games (WCG), July 2014, in Riga, Latvia!

To better prepare for the Riga competition, we have arranged a Pre-Tour Fundraising Concert:

Date: Monday, June 30, 2014
Time: 8:00pm
Place: St. John's Cathedral, Garden Road, Central


The Opera Society Female Vocal Ensemble
Directed by Raymond Fu

Programme includes
songs to be sung in competition - works by Latvian composer ˆZriks Esenvalds, Finnish composer Jaakko Mantyjarvi, Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, and songs in Chinese. This is a refreshing and resounding programme to be presented in a tranquil cathedral ambiance and surely not to be missed.

Our target is to raise HK$50,000 in sponsoring the Society, a non-profit making organization, as well as its passionate singers. This concert will not only showcase our choral group that is going to compete at the Female Vocal Ensembles category at the WCG, but will also include performances given by guest singers who are also our donors and supporters.

Please contact us if you are interested to join this concert as performers, donors and/or audience. Tickets at $500 (VIP) and $100 (free seating) are available now.

Ticket reservation and enquiry: 90243593
.

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/683360795063450

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AGM 2014

21 April 2014 - Notice is hereby given that the 2014 Annual General Meeting of The Opera Society of Hong Kong will be held on the following date, time and place: 

Date:  Thursday, 15 May 2014
Time: 7:15pm
Place: Fanny Li Hall, St John's Cathedral, Central, Hong Kong 


This AGM is open to all eligible members of The Opera Society of Hong Kong. Meeting documents have been sent to all eligible members through link on our AGM Facebook event. See you all at the AGM on 15 May 2014!

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Opera Fever II - Love

OSHK Members' Mini Concert, our second in the series since Opera Fever in September 2013. Come hear a special programme of songs, duets, and ensembles on the theme of love by our members on the eve of Valentine's Day!

Date : 13 February 2014 (Thursday)
Time : 8pm
Venue : 5/F, Lecture Hall, Sheung Wan Civic Centre
Eligibility : OSHK Society Member / Chorus Member

Tickets: $50
Reservation and enquiry: 92766873

Members' sign-up.

Facebook event.


Programme

Lui Yiu Him
Chanson Triste by Duparc
"Come paride vezzoso" (L'Elisir d'Amore) by Donizetti

Agnes Au
"Deh Vieni, non tardar" (Le Nozze di Figaro) by Mozart
"Batti batti, o bel Masetto" (Don Giovanni) by Mozart

Kwok Kar Kit
"La ci darem la mano" (Don Giovanni) by Mozart
Musica Proibita by Gastoldoni

Li Si-lai
Plaisir d'amour by Martini
"Che faro senza Euridice" (Orfeo ed Euridice) by Gluck

Dominique Chan
"E' sgombro il loco..Un bacio un bacio ancora" (Anna Bolena) by Donizetti
Calypso by Benjamin Britten

Ricky Tsang
None but the lonely heart by Tchaikovsky
"Non piu andrai" (Le Nozze di Figaro) by Mozart

Gladys Ho
"E' strano! e' strano...Sempre libera" (La Traviata) by Verdi      

Chorus
Caleno Custure Me, an Irish love song
Act II Finale (Turandot) by Puccini

Accompanists: Patience Fung, Albert Kwong, Jeremy Leung

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Rigoletto 2013

An opera in 3 acts by Giuseppe Verdi.

Performed in Italian with Chinese and English subtitles.


4 performances at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall:
13 December 2013 (Fri) 7:45pm
14 December 2013 (Sat) 2:45pm
14 December 2013 (Sat) 7:45pm
15 December 2013 (Sun) 2:45pm

A Musica Viva production:

Music Director: Lio Kuok-man
Producer & Director: Lo King-man
Chamber Orchestra: Hong Kong Virtuosi
Chorus: The Opera Society of Hong Kong
Chorusmaster: Raymond Fu
Lighting: Peter Li
Costumes: Mandy Tam
Sets: Allan Tsui

Ticketing: $600, $450, $300, $150, available from 9 August 2013 onwards at URBTIX

The Opera Society of Hong Kong last performed Rigoletto in 1993.

Audition for Rigoletto (closed 31 August 2013):
http://tinyurl.com/operasociety-aud-130915

Facebook event.

The Cast

Rigoletto (Baritone); Michael Corvino (1)(3); Daniel Sutin (2)(4)
Gilda (Soprano): Sang Eun Lee (1)(3)(4); Colette Lam (2)
Duke of Mantua (Tenor): Todd Wilander (1)(3); Jeffrey Hartman (2)(4)
Sparafucile (Bass): Freddie Tong
Maddalena (Mezzo-soprano): Carol Lin
Monterone (Baritone): Sammy Chien

(1) 13 Dec 7:45pm;  (2) 14 Dec 2:45pm;  (3) 14 Dec 7:45pm  (4) 15 Dec 2:45pm

Programme

Rigoletto is an opera in three acts by the Italian genius Giuseppe Verdi, set to a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave based on the play Le roi s'amuse by Victor Hugo.  Premiered in Venice in 1851, the work was Verdi's first international triumph and ranks among the most frequently performed operas in the world.  The protagonist of the tragic story is a hunch-backed court jester who encourages his master, the Duke of Mantua, to indulge in a licentious and lustful life until his own daughter, Gilda, falls victim to the Duke's seduction.  Rigoletto's plot to have his master murdered backfires and results in Gilda's death.  Verdi imbued this work with enchanting melodies, strong dramatic situations, powerful characterization and intense emotions. This special production by Musica Viva of Hong Kong features a team of world-renowned opera stars who have sung with the Metropolitan Opera of New York, Chicago Lyric Opera, Royal Opera of London and some of the most prestigious companies world-wide, performing with excellent young artists of Hong Kong.  The production is directed by Lo King-man and conducted by Lio Kuok-man.

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Opera Fever - OSHK Members' Mini Concert

Date : 14 September 2013 (Saturday)
Time : 4pm
Venue : 5/F, Lecture Hall, Sheung Wan Civic Centre
Eligibility : OSHK Society Member / Chorus Member

Tickets: $50
Reservation and enquiry: 92766873

Members' sign-up (now closed).

Facebook event.


Programme

Duet: "Sull'aria" from Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart
Shirley Yeung, Soprano and Jessica Ng, Soprano

"Connais-tu le pays" from Mignon by Thomas
Nancy Li, Mezzo-soprano

"Art is calling for me" from The Enchantress by Victor Herbert
"Think of me" from The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Claudia Chan, Soprano

"Recondita armonia" from Tosca by Puccini
"Heidenroslein" by Schubert
Simon Chan, Tenor

"Je suis encor tout etourdie" from Manon by Massenet
"O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi by Puccini
Ng Yen Yen, Soprano

"Piangero la sorta mia" from Giulio Cesare by Handel
Lovina Hui, Alto

"Der Hoelle Rache" from Magic Flute by Mozart
Jessica Ng, Soprano

"Per me giunto" from Don Carlo by Verdi
"L'ultima Canzone" by Tosti
Li Yat Sing, Baritone

"Si, michiamano Mimi" from La Boheme by Puccini
Shirley Yeung, Soprano

"Pace, pace" from La forza del destino by Verdi
Pancy Wong, Soprano

"Amigos para siempre" by Andrew Lloyd Webber
All singers

Accompanists: Albert Kwong, Patience Fung

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Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci

LCSD presents Opera - Double-bill:

Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana & Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci

Date: 4-6 January 2013 (Fri-Sun)
Time: 7:45pm on 4 & 5 Jan;
           2:45pm on 5 & 6 Jan
Place: Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall

Two sensational Italian operas of the Realism School performed in Italian with Chinese and English subtitles.

A Musica Viva Production.

Music Director: Lio Kuok-man
Producer & Director: Lo King-man
Chorusmaster: Raymond Fu
Chamber Orchestra: Hong Kong Virtuosi          

Tickets $630, $460, $300, $150 now available at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and credit card telephone booking. Half-price tickets available for senior citizens, people with disabilities and full-time students. Group booking discount also available.

Programme Enquiries 2268 7321
Ticketing Enquiries 2734 9009
Credit Card Telephone Booking 2111 5999
Internet Booking www.urbtix.hk

Audition for Opera Double-bill (now closed).

Facebook event.

Concert review by Prof Rupert Chan, Hong Kong Economic Journal, 23 January 2013 (in Chinese).


The Cast

Cavalleria Rusicana
Santuzza: Janara Kellerman (1)(3), Mezzo-soprano; Carol Lin (2), Mezzo-soprano; Louise Kwong (4), Soprano
Turriddu: John Daniecki (2)(3), Tenor; Jeffrey Hartman (1)(4), Tenor
Alfio: Grant Youngblood (2)(3), Baritone; Brian Montgomery (1)(4), Baritone
Lola: Melody Sze, Mezzo-soprano
Lucia: Cynthia Luff, Mezzo-soprano
     
I Pagliacci    
Nedda: Kristin Sampson (1)(3), Soprano; Yuki Ip (2)(4), Soprano
Canio: John Daniecki (1)(4), Tenor; Jeffrey Hartman (2)(3), Tenor
Tonio: Grant Youngblood (1)(4), Baritone; Brian Montgomery (2)(3), Baritone
Beppe: Alex Tam (1)(3)(4), Tenor; Christopher Leung (2), Tenor
Silvio: Nicholas Provenzale, Baritone

Performances (1): 4 Jan; (2): 5 Jan at 2:45pm; (3): 5 Jan at 7:45pm; (4): 6 Jan

Chorus of The Opera Society of Hong Kong

Chorusmaster: Raymond Fu

Synopsis

Cavelleria Rusticana

The story is set in a Sicilian village around 1890.  On Easter morning, Turiddu is heard singing about his beloved, Lola, who is now married to the merchant-carter, Alfio.  Santuzza, a young woman who has been seduced and impregnated by Turiddu, arrives at the tavern of his mother, Lucia.  Santuzza is desperate because of her heavy sense of guilt.  The dialogue of the women is interrupted by the entrance of Alfio.  Despite his outspoken pride and affection for his wife, Alfio also becomes suspicious of Turiddu's relationship with Lola.  While the villagers are attending mass, Santuzza encounters Turiddu.  She confronts him and hopes to win him back.  However, all is in vain.  Not only does Turiddu forsake her, she is also mocked by Lola who passes by.  Santuzza curses Turiddu as he enters church after Lola.  Out of rage and jealousy, Santuzza revenges by revealing the affair to Alfio.

The action is suspended by the idyllic Intermezzo.  After the mass, Turiddu and the villagers gather for wine at the tavern.  Alfio's refusal to drink with Turridu provokes a challenge to a duel of knives.  According to a long tradition of rustic chivalry, Turiddu takes the initiative with an embrace and a bite on Alfio's right ear, meaning the two shall fight till death.  Turiddu bids an impassioned farewell to his mother and asks her to take care of Santuzza if he does not return.  As the duel takes place in a nearby orchard, Mamma Lucia and Santuzza wait anxiously.  Blood-curdling shouts are heard in the distance.  A woman stumbles in, crying "Turiddu has been killed."

I Pagliacci

Prologue.   The story takes places on the Feast of Assumption in a Calabrian village in southern Italy around 1870.  Before the curtain rises, the actor Tonio delivers a prologue, telling the audience they will see a real-life drama.

Act I.   The curtain rises with the arrival of a troupe of traveling actors, greeted enthusiastically by the village folk. Canio, the head of the troupe, describes that night's offering.  When someone jokingly suggests that Tonio is secretly attracted to his young wife, Nedda, he vehemently cautions that he will tolerate no such thing.  As Canio takes off with fellow actor Beppe to join the villagers in a tavern, Nedda is left alone.  Worried that Canio might soon discover her affair with Silvio, one of the villagers, she sings of her longing for freedom.  Tonio sneaks in and tries to make love to Nedda.  She scorns him and repels him with a whip.  Tonio leaves, swearing vengeance.  Silvio arrives and persuades Nedda to elope with him at midnight.  The rendezvous is seen by Tonio, who seizes the chance to break the news to Canio.  The enraged husband bursts in, Silvio escapes in time and Nedda is threatened at knifepoint to reveal her lover's name, but she adamantly refuses.  Tonio advises Canio to catch Nedda's lover in the evening.  As Canio dons his costume and makeup for the play, he expresses his bitterness for the life of a clown - he must laugh although his heart is breaking.

Act II. As night falls, the villagers eagerly anticipate the featured comedy, Pagliaccio e Colombina.  In the absence of her husband, Pagliaccio (Canio), Colombina (Nedda) dismisses her servant, Taddeo (Tonio) and sets the table for dinner with her lover Arlecchino (Beppe).  Pagliaccio returns home unexpectedly and Arlecchino escapes through the window.  Taddeo mockingly assures Pagliaccio of his wife's innocence.  The parallels between Pagliaccio and himself fuel Canio's jealousy to no end.  No longer playing the comedy, Canio demands that Nedda reveal her lover's name.  Despite Nedda's futile effort to continue playing her part, Canio's blood-thirsted demeanor can no longer be restrained.  He stabs Nedda and then Silvio, who has revealed himself from the crowd and tries to intervene.  The audience, who has previously marvelled at the realism of the play, is left dumbfounded as Canio cries out "the comedy is ended."

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20th Anniversary Gala Concert

** Opera Passion for 20 Years **

Celebrating our milestone in performing over 20 operas in the past 20 years, maintaining a high standard of performance, and promoting local opera production and appreciation.

Come join us in our 20th Anniversary Gala Concert this October! We will be singing many favorite opera choruses from our repertoire. Also, special performances by guest soloists who have performed with us over the years and children's chorus.


Date: Monday, 29 October 2012
Time:  8:00pm
Venue: Concert Hall, City Hall, Hong Kong

Soloists: Nancy Yuen, Alex Tam, Brian Montgomery
Chorus and Orchestra of The Opera Society of Hong Kong
Conducted by Raymond Fu

Programme:

Favorite opera choruses from our repertoire:
Triumphal March from Aida by Verdi
Humming Chorus from Madama Butterfly by Pucinni
Soldiers' Chorus from Faust by Gounod
Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore by Verdi
Witches Chorus from Macbeth by Verdi
"Va, pensiero" from Nabucco by Verdi
Finale "Im Feuerstrom der Reben" from Act II, Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II
Finale from Turandot by Puccini

Chorus with soloists, children's chorus, guest soloists, and special opera excerpts:
"Avec la garde montane" from Carmen by Bizet
"Les voici" from Carmen by Bizet
Toreador Song from Carmen by Bizet
"Un bel di, vedremo" from Madama Butterfly by Puccini
"Si, mi chiamano Mimi" from La Boheme by Puccini
"Quanta e Bella" from L'elisir d'amore by Donizetti
"Cruda funesta smania" from Lucia di Lammermoor "Donizetti
Excerpts from Act I, Turandot by Puccini


Ticketing: $300   $200   $100
Tickets will be available at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by telephone from late September 2012.
URBTIX Internet Ticketing: http://www.urbtix.hk
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 21115999
30% discount for Students and Senior Citizen.
10% discount for purchase of 10 tickets or more.

Audition for new chorus members to join in our 20th Anniversary Concert (now closed).

"Opera Passion" 20th Anniversary Gala Concert reviews
:
Review by Prof Liu Ching-chih, Hong Kong Economic Journal, 7 November 2012 (in Chinese)
Review by Prof Rupert Chan, Hong Kong Economic Journal, 15 November 2012 (in Chinese)

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Audition for Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will present a double-bill opera production of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci in January 2013.

Experienced singers are invited to audition to be chorus members.

Performance Dates: 4-6 Jan 2013 (Friday to Sunday)
Performance Venue: Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
Production: Musica Viva
Director: Lo Kingman
Participating Chorus: The Opera Society of Hong Kong
Chorusmaster: Raymond Fu
Rehearsal Schedule: 7:30-10pm on Mondays and Thursdays from early Nov 2012 (details to be confirmed)

Interested singers please complete audition application form at:
http://tinyurl.com/operasociety-aud-121014

(Application deadline: 8 Oct 2012; audition appointment will be confirmed by email on / before 10 Oct 2012.)

Audition date: 14 Oct 2012 (Sunday)

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Children Chorus Audition for 20th Anniversary Gala Concert

The Opera Society of Hong Kong is celebrating the 20th anniversary with a Gala Concert at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, on Monday, 29 October 2012.

Programme includes various opera chorus favorites that we have performed in the past 20 years. There will also be orchestra, guest soloists, and children chorus performing to celebrate our special anniversary. (More concert info at: http://www.opera.org.hk/news/index.php#a72.)

Children chorus singers (ages 6-12) are now invited to audition and join us on stage to perform in two programmes:
Avec la garde montane and Les voici from Carmen by Bizet, and
La sui monti dell'Est from Turandot by Puccini

Rehearsals:
28 Sep 12 (Fri) 6-7:30pm Li Hall, St. John's Cathedral
5 Oct 12 (Fri) 6-7:30pm Li Hall, St. John's Cathedral
12 Oct 12 (Fri) 6-7:30pm Fanny Li Hall, St. John's Cathedral
18 Oct 12 (Thu) 7-8:30pm Li Hall, St. John's Cathedral
25 Oct 12 (Thu) 7-8:30pm Leighton Hill Community Hall*
27 Oct 12 (Sat) 7:30-9:30pm Leighton Hill Community Hall*
(*Leighton Hill Community Hall, 133 Wong Nai Chung Road , Happy Valley, Hong Kong)

Performance:
29 Oct 12 (Mon) Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
(Call Time 6:45pm on stage, performance at 8pm)

Second Audition date: 25 September 2012 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Cultural Activities Hall, Sai Wan Ho Civic Theatre (2/F)

First Audition date: 11 September 2012 (Tuesday)
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Venue : Fanny Li Hall, St. John's Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong

Send in an audition request for your children now:
http://tinyurl.com/oshk-audition1209

Audition confirmation will be given via email.

Children Chorus requirements:
Age: 6-12
Audition will consist of singing a short song of own choice (please bring 2 sets of scores to audition). Accompanist will be provided.

Thank you for joining us!

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Audition for 20th Anniversary Gala Concert

We are celebrating our 20th anniversary with a gala concert at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, on Monday, 29 October 2012.

Programme includes various opera excerpts that the Opera Society of Hong Kong has performed in the past 20 years, e.g. Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore, Humming Chorus from Madama Butterfly, Triumphal March from Aida, Solders' Chorus from Faust, Witches Chorus from Macbeth, and more. With orchestra and many famous soloists on stage performing with us to celebrate this special anniversary. (More concert info.)


Experienced singers are now invited to audition for chorus members.

Rehearsals on Tuesdays and Fridays starting 4 September with additional rehearsals after mid-October.

Audition date: 27 August 2012 (Monday)
Time slots: 7:30-8:00pm; 8:00-8:30pm; 8:30-9:00pm; 9:00-9:30pm
Venue : Li Hall, St. John's Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong

Send in your audition request now:
http://tinyurl.com/oshk-join-us
(indicate preferred time slot(s) in the Other Information box)

Send in deadline : 20 August 2012 (Monday) 
Audition confirmation will be given via email.

Chorus members' basic requirements:
Age: 18 or above
Chorus experience: 3 years or more (with formal vocal training preferred)
Audition will consist of singing an aria of own choice (please bring 2 sets of scores to audition) and a sight-singing test. Accompanist will be provided.

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Lucia di Lammermoor 2012
Date: 6-8 January 2012 (Fri-Sun)
Time: 7:45pm on 6 & 7 Jan; 2:45pm on 7 & 8 Jan
Venue: Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
 
Presented by LCSD, Donizetti's romantic opera Lucia di Lammermoor is set in the Lammermuir Hills (Lammermoor) of Scotland in the 17th century and tells the story of the emotionally fragile Lucy Ashton (Lucia), caught in a family feud between her own family and the Ravenswoods that ultimately leads to tragedy.

Lucia's "Mad Scene", "Il dolce suono... Spargi d'amaro pianto", a technically and expressively demanding piece, has historically been a vehicle to lift the careers of many a coloratura sopranos to stardom, and together with other popular arias such as "Regnava Nel Silenzio" and "Verranno a te sull'aure", has made Lucia di Lammermoor one of the most performed operas of all time.
 
Producer/Director: Lo Kingman
Conductor: Lio Kuokman
Chorusmaster: Raymond Fu

 
A Musica Viva 2012 production. (The Opera Society of Hong Kong has last performed Lucia di Lammermoor in 1995.)  Tckets: $630, 460, 300, 150 (available at Urbtix)


The Cast

Lucia: Sang-Eun Lee, Anne Carolyn Bird
Edgardo: Todd Wilander, John Daniecki
Enrico: Michael Corvino, Nicolai Janitzky
Raimondo: Freddie Tong
Arturo: Alex Tam
Alisa: Louise Kwong, Carol Lin
Normanno: Chen Yong

Chorus of The Opera Society of Hong Kong
The Opera Society of Hong Kong was established in 1992 by a group of dedicated singers. The Society has since fulfilled its mission to actively promote western opera and vocal music in the community in Hong Kong, while maintaining an outstanding standard of performance. With the vision of keeping abreast with world-renowned choruses, the Chorus strives to attain a professional standard. Since its establishment, the Chorus has performed over 20 operas and a rich choral repertoire. The Chorus made its highly successful debut in the Mainland in 1999 and was invited by the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra to join their Millennium Concerts in Dongguan and Guangzhou. The Chorus has also worked with famous orchestras such as the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2005, 2006 and 2008, the Chorus was invited by the RTHK Radio 4 to participate in the Christmas Eve concerts and performed Handel?s Messiah, Vivaldi?s Gloria and A World Christmas. Recent performances including La Perichole in Le French May 2008, Musica Viva?s productions Madama Butterfly (2009), La Fille du Regiment (2010) and L?Elisir d?Amore (2011). In May 2010, the Chorus of the Opera Society of Hong Kong performed with tenor Andrea Bocelli on his Asia tour stop in Hong Kong. The Opera Society recognizes the importance of its members? musical and technical development and offers frequent opportunities for masterclasses and advanced training.
 
Chorusmaster: Raymond Fu
Rehearsal Pianist: Ronald Cheung
 
Soprano
Au Ho-yan, Agnes
Birkun Oksana
Claudia Chan
Shirley Fu
Ho Kwok-in, Connie
Katherine Kwong
Leung Po-pui, Noel
Li Si-lai
Angel Man
Jessica Ng
Ng Yee-kiu, Erica
Mylthie Wong
Pancy Wong
Wu Sui-sin,Vicki

Alto
Lora Chow
Chui Shing-yan, Janet
Fung Kong Hoi-yee, Selana
Ho Yuen-man, Flavia
Lovina Hui
Amy Lai
Law Pui-ha
Rita Leung
Nancy Li
Connie Ng
Yip Chi-kwan, Yvonne
 
Tenor
Chan Kam-hung
Chan Cheuk-hei, Andrew
Cheung Man-yee, Leslie
Hung Sze-hang, Edison
Ngan Ka-lok, Henry
Orlando
Poon Ian-hay, Isaac
Poon Kit-sang, Anthony
Ting Ka-lam
Steve Tse
Wong Chi-lok
Yau Kai-chung
Yeung Yun-loong
 
Bass
Bettinelli dal Cin, Andrea
Po Chan
Kwok Kar-kit
Albert Kwong
Lam Chun-ting, Michael
Li Yat-sing
Mak Kin-chee, Eddy
Phillip McDonald
Jacob Ng

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Audition for Lucia di Lammermoor 2012

1 September 2011 - LCSD will present Donizetti's opera in three acts Lucia di Lammermoor in January 2012. The Opera Society of Hong Kong, Mr Raymond Fu, Chorusmaster, is the performing chorus in this full opera production.

Experienced singers are now invited to audition for chorus members. Four performances will be held on 6-8 January 2012 (Friday-Sunday), with Fri-Sat evenings and Sat-Sun matinees, at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall.


Chorus rehearsals will be held 7-10 pm every Monday and Thursday from mid-October on.

Our chorus audition will be held on 1 October 2011 (Saturday) 2-6 pm at GP2, 9/F, Backstage, Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon.

Apply online now.


Alternatively, you may download your application, fill out and mail it in.
    
Chorus members' basic requirements:
Age: 18 or above
Chorus experience: 3 years or more (with formal vocal training preferred)
Audition will consist of singing an aria of own choice (please bring 2 sets of copy to audition) and a sight singing test.

** Application deadline: 23 September 2011 **

Audition appointments will be confirmed by telephone.

For enquiries, please call Ms Tse of Musica Viva at 69762877.

Thank you for joining in!

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Tosca in Guangzhou

25 March 2011 - We are organizing a 2-day-1-night Tosca in Guangzhou Opera Tour on 7-8 May 2011 (Sat & Sun). All Opera Society of Hong Kong members, chorus, family and friends are welcome to join in this exciting and fun-filled opera tour. Details below.


Transportation: Guangzhou-K
owloon Through Train
Accommodation: White Swan Hotel / Crowne Plaza Hotel City Centre

OPERA NIGHT: 7 May 2011 (Sat) 8pm
Tosca by Puccini, a joint production by Rome Opera House and the Guangzhou Opera House
Performers info (in Chinese)
Ticket Price: 2280 (VIP) 1680 1280 880 680 380 180 (RMB)
Venue: Guangzhou Opera House

Tour Budget: About HK$1,500 (incl. hotel accommodation, transport and meals), plus opera performance ticket (depending on the price category)

If you are interested, please call Ms Si-lai Li (94605319) to book your place and ticket for the tour, or ask for more information about this tour.

More info at Facebook event (account login required).

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AGM 2011

25 March 2011 - Notice is hereby given that the 2011 Annual General Meeting of The Opera Society of Hong Kong will be held on the following date, time and place:

Date:  Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Time: 7:30pm (registration from 7:15pm)
Place: David Kwok Room, St John's Cathedral, Central, Hong Kong


Meeting agenda, minutes of the last AGM held on 10 May 2010, and financial reports and accounts and other documents have been sent to all eligible members on 25 March 2011. Please contact our Honorary Secretary Margaret Sang at 94513166 if you have not received them. See you all at the AGM on 13 April 2011!

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L'Elisir d'Amore

20 October 2010 - Mark your calendar for Donizetti's comic opera L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love) to be staged in January 2011. The Opera Society of Hong Kong will perform in this well-loved opera of Donizetti to be presented by LCSD.

A light, cheerful story about common sense, L'Elisir d'Amore is also a sentimental, romantic opera especially with parts as touching as "Adina credimi" and "Una furtiva lagrima." Come and find out how only a fool as our devoted and beloved Nemorino would believe in the love potion, and be moved and amused at the same time.


Producer/Director: Lo Kingman
Conductor: Lio Kuok-man
Chorusmaster: Raymond Fu
Performance: 21-23 January 2011 (Fri-Sun), including matinee show on 22 Jan (Sat)
Venue: Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hal

Audition for L'Elisir d'Amore chorus members.

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Audition for L'Elisir d'Amore 2011


3 October 2010 - The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will present Donizetti's well-loved romantic opera L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love) in January 2011. The Opera Society of Hong Kong, Mr Raymond Fu, Chorusmaster, is the performing chorus in this full opera production. 

Experienced singers are now invited to audition for chorus members. Four performances will be held on 21-23 January 2011 (Friday-Sunday), including a matinee show on 22 January, at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall.  More details.


Chorus rehearsals will be held evenings 7-10 pm every Monday and Thursday starting from mid-November.

AUDITION FOR CHORUS MEMBERS

Our chorus audition will be held on 18 October 2010 (Monday) 7-9 pm at GR1, 6/F, Backstage, Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon.

Interested singers apply online for audition now! Alternatively, you may download and mail in your completed application forms:

Application Form - Chorus for L'Elisir d'Amore (English)
Application Form - Chorus for L'Elisir d'Amore (Chinese)

Chorus members' basic requirements:
Age: 18 or above
Chorus experience: 3 years or more (with formal vocal training preferred)
Audtion will consist of singing an aria of own choice (please bring 2 sets of copy to audition) and a sight singing test.

** Application deadline: 11 October 2010.** Audition appointments will be confirmed by telephone. For enquiries, please call Ms Tse of Musica Viva at 69762877.

Thank you for joining in!

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Andrea Bocelli in Asia 2010
2 April 2010 - The Opera Society of Hong Kong Chorus will join the world renowned Tenor Andrea Bocelli in his May 4, 2010 concert at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.


Date: 4 May 2010 (Tue)
Time: 8:00pm
Venue: Hall 5BC, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Tickets: $3,380, $2,280, $1,980, $1,280, $980, $680  via HK Ticketing

Tenor: Andrea Bocelli
Conductor: Eugene Kohn
Soprano: Sabina Cvilak
Flute: Andrea Griminelli
Special Guest: Delta Goodrem
Philharmonic Taiwan
Chorus of The Opera Society of Hong Kong
Chorusmaster: Raymond Fu

Programme includes operatic excerpts:  
Verdi: La donna e'mobile from 'Rigoletto'
Mascagni: Brindisi from 'Cavalleria rusticana'        
Cilea: Io son l'umile ancella from 'Adriana Lecouvreur'    
Verdi: Di quella pira from 'Il trovatore'
Puccini: O soave fanciulla from 'La Boheme'
Gounod: Kermesse Waltz from 'Faust'
Gounod: Il se fait tard from 'Faust'
Verdi: Brindisi from 'La Traviata'            

and selections from Andrea Bocelli's bestselling albums
Titomaglio: Voglio vivere cosi
Aniello: Vieni sul mar
Cottrau: Santa Lucia   
Lara: Granada 
Monti: Czardas
Denza: Funiculi, funicula
Sartori: Canto della terra

Experienced quality singers are welcome to apply for audition.

Andrea Bocelli Tour 2010 Hong Kong on Facebook.


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La Fille du Regiment

15 November 2009 - Mark your calendar for Donizetti's famous and well-loved opera in 2 acts La Fille du Regiment which will be staged in January 2010. The Opera Society of Hong Kong will be performing this full-scale opera presented by LCSD. This is an attractive opera especially with the tenor singing 9 high Cs in the aria "Ah! Mes amis." Most importantly, this performance will be the premiere of this opera in Hong Kong.

Producer/Director: Lo King-man
Conductor: Lio Kuok-man
Chorus Master: Raymond Fu
Performance: 29-31 January 2010 (Fri-Sun), including matinee show on 30 Jan (Sat)
Venue: Concert Hall, City Hall, Hong Kong

Synopsis: Marie, found abandoned as a baby on the battlefield, was adopted and raised by soldiers. She is the darling of the regiment. When a Marquise tells the Sergeant that Marie is actually her niece and she must leave the regiment, the troops are heartbroken. The Marquise plans to educate and marry Marie in a manner befitting a lady of quality, but Marie wants only to return to her regiment and Tonio, the man she loves.

Audition for La Fille du Regiment chorus members.


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Audition for La Fille du Regiment 2010

12 November 2009 - The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will present Donizetti's well-loved comic opera in 2 acts La Fille du Regiment in January 2010. The Opera Society of Hong Kong is the performing chorus in this production. Experienced singers are now invited to audition for chorus members in this full-scale opera production by Musica Viva with Mr Lo Kingman as director. Four performances at the Concert Hall, City Hall will be held on 29-31 January 2010, including a matinee show on 30 January. More details.


Chorus rehearsals will be held evenings 7-10 pm Mondays and Thursdays starting from mid-November.

FIRST REHEARSAL & AUDITION

An audition for male chorus singers is scheduled at our first rehearsal on 12 November (Thu) 7:30-9:30 pm at GR2, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Come join us for the rehearsal and we’ll hear your voice afterwards.

Interested tenors and basses please register for the audition by sending a email to chorus@opera.org.hk and provide your (a) Full Name (b) Voice Part (c) Contact phone and email (d) Chorus experience/music background.

OCTOBER AUDITION

Our first-round audition will be held on 10 October 2009 (Sat) 7-9 pm at St John's Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Hong Kong. Interested singers are most welcome to apply for chorus audition online. Alternatively, you may download and mail in your completed application forms:

Application Form - Chorus for La Fille du Regiment (English)

Application Form - Chorus for La Fille du Regiment (Chinese)

Chorus members' basic requirements:
Age: 18 or above
Chorus experience: 3 years or more (with formal vocal training preferred)
Audtion will consist of singing an aria of own choice (please bring 2 sets of copy to audition) and a sight singing test.

Application deadline: 3 October 2009. Audition appointments will be confirmed by telephone in early October. For enquiries, please email Chorus Coordinator of the Opera Society of Hong Kong at chorus@opera.org.hk or call Ms Leung of Musica Viva at 97512834.

La Fille du Regiment will provide an exciting opportunity to learn, to perform, and to enjoy as a full-scale opera production. Thank you for joining in!

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Madama Butterfly

25 October 2008 - Puccini's famous and well-loved opera in 3 acts Madama Butterfly will be staged in January 2009. The Opera Society of Hong Kong will be performing this full-scale opera for the second time, having first performed Madama Butterfly in 2002. A nearly 100% local production, with few overseas principals, Madama Butterfly 2009 will be performed at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, where the journey of opera performance in Hong Kong first started.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), Madama Butterfly 2009 is produced by Musica Viva and directed by Lo Kingman. With soloists, orchestra, and Chorus of the Opera Society of Hong Kong, Carmon Koon, Conductor, and Raymond Fu, Chorusmaster.

Date: 2-4 January 2009 (Fri-Sun)
Time: Jan 2 at 7:30pm, Jan 3 at 7:30pm, Jan 4 at 2:30pm and Jan 4 at 7:30pm
Venue: Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
Tickets: $600, 450, 300, 120

More details on concert at LCSD website.

Audtion for Madama Butterfly chorus members.

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A World Christmas

25 October 2008 - The Opera Society of Hong Kong invites you to join us at this year's Christmas Concert in the Park presented by RTHK Radio 4.

Once again, free admission, first-come-first-served. Line up early at the Hong Kong Park early (after lunch) on Christmas Eve to secure your seat.

Date:
24 Dec 2008 (Wed)
Time:
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location:
Olympic Square, Hong Kong Park

A World Christmas will offer a truly special program of music from different parts of the world. There's African drumming, music with Latin American beat, sacred songs from Argentina and carols from France, USA, Wales and Spain. Not to be missed, of course, will be the Hallelujah chorus and well-loved carols that the audience will also be singing in!

The Opera Society has sung in the concerts Messiah in the Park in 2005 and Season's Greetings in the Park in 2006. This year, we are singing 'A World Christmas' together with the Hong Kong Children's Chorus, soloists Yuki Ip, soprano, Carol Lin, alto, David Quah, tenor, Apollo Wong, bass, with Angelita Li, vocal, Lung Heung-wing and Mark Lung, percussion, and the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Colin Touchin, conductor.

The Chorus of the Opera Society of Hong Kong will perform the Latin American mass Misa Criolla'by the Argentine composer Ariel Ramirez for tenor, chorus, and orchestra and some newly arranged Christmas songs. The concert will be recorded and televised on Christmas Day.


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Audition for Madama Butterfly 2009

10 October 2008 - The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will present Puccinni's opera Madama Butterfly in January 2009. The Opera Society of Hong Kong is the participating chorus in this production. Experienced singers are now invited to audition for chorus members in this full-scale opera production directed by Mr Lo Kingman. Four performances at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall will be held on 2-4 January 2009. More details.

Chorus rehearsals will be held 7:30-10:00 pm Mondays and Thursdays starting from the end of October.

Chorus members' basic requirements:
Age: 18 or above
Chorus experience: 3 years or more (with formal vocal training preferred)
Audtion will consist of singing an aria of own choice and a sight singing test.

Audition will be held on Sunday 26 October 2008, at 7:30-10 pm, at Rehearsal Room, Kwai Tsing Theatre, 12 Hing Ning Road, Kwai Chung, N.T., Hong Kong.

Madama Butterfly 2009 will provide an exciting opportunity to learn, to perform, and to enjoy as a full-scale opera production. Interested singers are most welcome to apply for chorus audition online NOW.

Alternatively, you may download and mail in your completed application forms:

Application Form - Chorus for Madama Butterfly (English)
Application Form - Chorus for Madama Butterfly (Chinese)

Application deadline: 22 October 2008. Audtion appointment will be confirmed by telephone. For enquiries, please call Shirley Yeung at 90243593.

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Offenbach's La Perichole

23 April 2008 - La Perichole is a French operetta based on a piece written by Offenbach and staged extravagantly by Jerome Savary, a French theatre director, scriptwriter, and actor who widened the popularity of music theatre in France through his special blending of the opera, operetta, and musical comedy.

A Le French May 2008 opera program directed by Jerome Savary. With Marie-Stephane Bernard as La Perichole, Marc Laho as Piquillo, Chorus of the Opera Society of Hong Kong, Ariele Zanini, piano, and The Hong Kong Sinfonietta conducted by Jereme Pillement. Performed in French with English and Chinese subtitles.

Date: 15-17 May 2008 (Thurs-Sat)
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Tickets: $620 $480 $320 $190, available in all URBTIX outlets

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AGM 2008

2 April 2008 - Notice is hereby given that the 2008 Annual General Meeting of The Opera Society of Hong Kong will be held on 24 April 2008

Date: Thursday, 24th April 2008
Time: 9:00 pm (registration at 8:30 pm)
Place: Fanny Li Hall, St. John's Cathedral, Central, Hong Kong

Meeting agenda, minutes of the last AGM held on 19th April 2007, and audited financial documents have been mailed to all eligible members on 2nd April 2008. Please contact secretary Margaret Sang at 94513166 if you do not receive them in the coming week.

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15th Anniversary Celebration Party

8 November 2007 - All Opera Society members, friends and family are welcome to join us on Saturday, 24 November 2007 at a special poolside BBQ party. Come celebrate the Opera Society's 15th anniversary and the conclusion of our Haydn's Die Schopfung (The Creation) concert!

Programme:
2:00-6:00 pm Games: swimming, mahjong, karaoke, tennis, cyberbar, billiard, sauna (advanced booking through Li Si-lai is required; check charges from the website of the venue http://www.officersclubcsd.com.hk)
6:30-9:30 pm Poolside BBQ Buffet dinner, games, dance, gifts, LUCKY DRAW.

Cost:
Chorus Members (The Creation) $100, others $200 (2 non-alcoholic drinks included). Payment must be made before the party and no refund if no show)

Time and Place:
Date: 24 November 2007 (Saturday)
Time: 2:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Venue: Officers' Club, Correctional Services Department (No, you don't get detained!)
Address: 51 Tung Tau Wan Road, Stanley, Hong Kong  (view map)
Tel: 28131105
Website: http://www.officersclubcsd.com.hk
Public transportation: see http://www.csd.gov.hk/print/english/hkcsm/hkcsm_transport.html
Free parking for drivers (please send car number to Li Si-lai).

Deadline for registration: 17 November 2007 (Saturday)

Contact person: Li Si-lai 94605219; 28918997 (fax); lsledcc@hotmail.com

**Donations of prizes for the lucky draw are welcome!**

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Opera Society 15th Anniversary Concert

20 July 2007 - This year marks the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Opera Society of Hong Kong.  We shall commemorate this milestone year by presenting a concert at the City Hall on 20 November 2007:


The Opera Society of Hong Kong 15th Anniversary Concert
Die Schopfung
(The Creation)
by Joseph Haydn

(to be sung in German)

Date: Tuesday, 20 November 2007
Time:  8 pm
Venue: Concert Hall, City Hall, Hong Kong

Soloists:
Anna-Clare Monk (Soprano)
Sam Kan (Tenor)
Kewei Wang (Baritone)

Chorus and Orchestra of The Opera Society of Hong Kong 
Conducted by Raymond Fu

See CONCERT POSTER for more details and ticket information.  Click here for soloist and conductor biographies on concert flyer.

Concert Sponsorship

The Opera Society of Hong Kong welcomes CONCERT SPONSORSHIPS from individuals, companies, and organizations to help bring this special 15th anniversary concert to our audience and the general public. Concert sponsors can place special messages in our house programmes according to their sponsorship levels. Download Concert Sponsorship details and response form for Individuals and Corporations.

(Our 15th Anniversary Concert is presented under the rental subsidy scheme of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Support by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and the St. John's Cathedral, Hong Kong, are also acknowledged.)




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15th Anniversary Concert Rehearsals


14 July 2007 - All Opera Society members are cordially invited to perform at our 15th anniversary celebration concert on Tuesday, 20 November 2007.


We'll be singing
Die Schopfung
(The Creation) by Joseph Haydn
with soloists and orchestra at the Concert Hall, City Hall, Hong Kong.

More details on the concert.

2 November 2007 Update - If you are a member of the Opera Society of Hong Kong, you can place a special message in the concert house programme by becoming a member sponsor of the concert. Join your fellow members in stamping your mark at this milestone celebration concert event! Help bring this concert successfully to our audience and the general public!

Opera Society member sponsorship details and response form.

Check out also Concert Sponsorship details for companies, and organizations.

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A New Daddy

12 July 2007 - Our Hon Treasurer Herbert is the proud dad of Chun Hin born on 5 July 2007. Chun Hin is really lovely and cute. :) See his album Au Yeung Chun Hin - First Two Weeks. Congratulations to Herbert and Vicky!!


Our Hon Secretary Margaret has kindly arranged sending flowers to the hospital on behalf of the Society, and she will send the invoice to Herbert for reimbursement, ha ha!

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Sign Up for a Night of Boat Trip and Cuttlefishing

5 July 2007 - From Chi Lok: Here we are to have a night together!

We are arranging a boat trip on Sunday 29 July 2007, probably from the afternoon till late night.

As usual, it will include:-

- a coach to pickup in urban area and get on board in Sai Kung
- light meal on boat
- cuttlefishing, AND
- a lot of fun and laughter

It will cost around $200 per person (small and big).

Friends and families are all welcomed!

Please let me know if you will join and the number of persons joining by returning email to chi_lok_chi_lok@yahoo.com or phone me up at 90285993.

Your reply before Friday the 13 July 2007 (Oh! Black Friday!) will be appreciated.

More details will be made available.


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From Opera to Musical


3 May 2007 - The Opera Society of Hong Kong presented a charity concert with a special program From Opera to Musical featuring favorite choruses from operas by Puccini, Verdi, Wagner, famous opera ensembles from works by Bizet, Donizetti, Delibes, and popular arias and songs by guest soloists from operas by Mozart, Lehar, Purcell, Offenbach and from musicals by Claude Michelle Schoenbert (Les Miserables) and Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll and Hyde) and other works.

Concert poster.
Full Concert Program (Acrobat pdf, 669 KB).
View photos at concert and rehearsals.

3 May 2007 (Thursday) at 8:00 pm
St. John's Cathedral, Garden Road, Central
Chorus of the Opera Society of Hong Kong
Guest soloists Katusha Tsui-Fraser, Soprano, and David Quah, Tenor
Chamber Orchestra of the Opera Society of Hong Kong
Conductor: Raymond Fu

Concert Reception with snacks and drinks served at Li Hall, 7:15 pm.

Co-organized with Rotary Club of Kingspark Hong Kong and Rotary Club of City Northwest Hong Kong.

Support of this charity concert through sponsorship of the Rotary RainLily Project - with objectives to educate awareness on sexual violence issues and to enhance the awareness of the services of the Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women and Rotary International.

Individual Sponsorship: $250 with one complimentary concert ticket and invitation to concert reception.

More information on Rotary RainLily Project and sponsorship
.

Chorus members: Contact Shirley Fu at shirley@opera.org.hk for detailed schedules.

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AGM 19 April 2007

19 April 2007 - Our 2007 AGM was held following a rehearsal for the Rotary RainLily Concert. Attending members enjoyed an evening of singing, fellowship, and delicious snacks.

See photos from AGM 2007.

26 March 2007 - Notice is hereby given that the 2007 Annual General Meeting of The Opera Society of Hong Kong will be held on 19 April 2007:

Date: Thursday, 19th April 2007
Time: 8:30 pm
Place: Fanny Li Hall, St. John's Cathedral, Central, Hong Kong

Meeting agenda, minutes of the last AGM, and audited financial documents are being mailed to all eligible members on 28 March 2007. Please contact secretary Margaret Sang at 94513166 if you do not receive them in the coming week.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Special Offer to Renee Fleming in Concert

20 March 2007 - The Opera Society of Hong Kong has received a special offer for our members on tickets to the debut performance of soprano Renee Fleming in Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on 30 and 31 March 2007.

Renee Fleming is on her Asian tour giving concerts in Southeast Asia and China. The programme on 30 and 31 March in Hong Kong includes Richard Strauss's serene Four Last Songs, of which Renee Fleming is an acclaimed modern interpreter. HKPO Conductor Laureate David Atherton leads this all-Strauss programme which starts in the somber reflections of Metamorphosen, written following the bombing of Munich in 1944, and ends with the carefree, playful pre-war work Der Rosenkavalier. Pre-concert booking by 26 March 2007 required. Interested members please contact Shirley Fu at shirley@opera.org.hk for more details.

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Approaching 15th Anniversary

23 January 2007 - Happy New Year! 2007 is a special year for the Opera Society of Hong Kong, as you may already realize, for this is actually our 15th anniversary! When's our birthday, anyone?... What was the first opera we performed back in 1992?

23  January 2007 - With our Christmas eve concert, our Boxing Day party, and the new year just behind us, the Executive Committee has quickly met on 22 January - over a sumptuous supper hosted by Li Si-lai and and her endeared family (thanks Si-lai, Stanley and Jonathan!) - and fixed the dates for major concert events in this anniversary year.

We plan to have our "From Opera to Musical" charity concert on Wednesday, 25 April 2007* at the St. John's Cathedral and our 15th Anniversary Concert on Tuesday, 20 November 2007, at the Concert Hall, City Hall, Hong Kong. Please mark these dates for now on your diary for these great opportunities to sing in this special anniversary year, and watch here for further announcements on the details on these concerts. Have a wonderful year ahead!

View photo of New Year Supper at Si-lai's.

* 24 January 2007 Update - We have confirmed with St. John's Cathedral the date Thursday 3 May 2007 for the "From Opera to Musical" charity concert. Details on rehearsal schedules will be sent out to all members shortly.

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Christmas Party on Boxing Day

30 December 2006 - A fun-filled Boxing Day party for the Opera Society of Hong Kong was held on 26 December 2006 at the Officers' Club, Correctional Services Department, in Stanley. All of us left the party with the fondest memory of an excellent buffet and barbecue, and a perfect program including Schubert and Rodgers and Hammerstein singing performance, pop-the-balloon aerobic exercise, the alternative Christmas medley singing, and a never-ending Christmas gift draw/exchange. Best wishes for 2007! 

Photos now available at: http://www.opera.org.hk/photo/photos.php?abid=7


27 November 2006 - Party Announcement:

Come join us at our Christmas party on Boxing Day at Stanley to celebrate the festivities amidst our winter concerts.

Date: Tuesday 26 December 2006 (Boxing Day)
Venue: Officers' Club, Correctional Services Department
51, Tung Tau Wan Road, Stanley, HK.
Tel.: 28131105

Programme:
2--6pm Games: Mah-jong, karaoke, tennis, cyberbar, billiard, sauna (advance booking through Li Si-lai is required; charges: check info at club website)

6:30--9:30pm BBQ Buffet dinner, carols, performance, games, dance, gifts, lucky draw

Cost : Society Members $100, others $200 (2 non-alcoholic drinks included) Please book and pay before the party and no refund if no show.

Free parking ( car numbers to Li Si-lai )
Public transportation info.

Deadline for registrationn : Sunday 10 December 2006
Function will be cancelled if fewer than 30 persons pay up.

Contact person : Li Si-lai at 94605219 or fax 28918997 or email at lsledcc@hotmail.com

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Season's Greetings in the Park


Date:  24 December 2006 (Sun)
Time:  5:00 pm
Venue:  Olympic Square, Hong Kong Park

The glorious sounds of Vivaldi and festive Christmas carols were recreated by the Opera Society of Hong Kong amidst the tranquility of the Hong Kong Park and   the glittering skyscrapers in Central. A free, open-air concert well-enjoyed by music lovers, for the whole family, and televised and broadcast on RTHK.

The Chorus of the Opera Society of Hong Kong sang Vivaldi's Gloria in D, RV589, and Christmas carols, and violinist Huang Mengla performed Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, Op. 8, with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. Guest conductor Johnny Poon.

Soloists: Yuki Ip, soprano; Carol Lin, mezzo-soprano.

200-member combined choir from:
Wah Yan College Kowloon Boys' Choir
Diocesan Girls' School Choir
HKIEd Choir
Carmel Pak U Secondary School Choir
The Learners Chorus
The Singchronizers

RTHK Radio 4's "Seasons Greetings in the Park" celebrate X'mas with star violinist Huang Mengla and 300 singers and musician, RTHK Press Release, December 2006

PHOTOS - taken by chorus members, friends and family members in the audience.

Concert report and audience responses in Finemusic, February 2007

The Chorus of Opera Society of Hong Kong has also sung the RTHK 4 open-air concert Messiah in the Park on Christmas eve 2005 at the Hong Kong Park.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Rehearsals for "Venetian Night"

23 November 2006 - The Opera Society of Hong Kong has been invited to perform at the Venetian Night project with the following details:



Date: December 14, 2006 (Thursday)
[1 December 2006 update - The project has been postponed till further notice by the organizer.]
Time: 7pm (to be confirmed)
Venue: The Bethanie (伯大尼堂), Pok Fu Lam
Host: The Venetian Group
Guests: 200-300 VIP's (dinner reception for the launching of the group's Macao casino)

Repertoire (from memory):
- 'Boat song' from the Tales of Hoffmann by Offenbach
- 'Agnus Dei' and 'In Paradisum' from Requiem by Faure
- Pavane by Faure

Rehearsals start from November 29, 2006.
1. Nov 29 (Wed) 7:45-10pm [Li Hall, St. John's Cathedral]
2. Dec 7 (Thu) 7-8-pm [Harold Smyth Room, SJC]
3. Dec 12 (Tue) 8-10pm [with orchestra, venue to be confirmed]
4. Dec 13 (Wed) 7-10pm [at Bethanie, with orchestra]

Please contact Shirley Fu at shirley@opera.org.hk for more information and to confirm your participation in this project.

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Singing at Peggy and Tony's Wedding

October 2006 - Members are invited to sing at Peggy and Tony's wedding coming up on 25 November 2006....

Peggy and Tony are getting married! They have invited members and friends from the Opera Society to share their joy and sing on their wedding ceremony:

Date: November 25, 2006 (Saturday)
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Rehearsal time: 45 mins before the ceremony start (1:15 p.m.)
Venue: St. John's Cathedral (4-8 Garden Road, Central)

Programme:
1) Hymn: Praise my Soul, the King of Heaven
2) The Lord Bless you and Keep you (J. Rutter)
3) Laudate Dominum (Mozart)

From Peggy and Tony: "We wish for our friends to share with us the beauty of this day as we joyously unite in marriage before God. Your presence will be a blessing to us!"

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Nature, Birdwatching, and Seafood Expedition

November 2006 - This event is postponed to March 2007.

12 October 2006 - Don't miss this chance of a early spring outing to the beautiful wetlands at Mai Po with fellow members of the Opera Society of Hong Kong and their families.


香港歌劇社----「大自然、觀鳥及海鮮美食之旅」
Nature, Birdwatching, and Seafood Expedition
on Sunday, March 4, 2007 (date to be confirmed)

Place of gathering: Admiralty MTR Station (tourist bus will be arranged)
Time of gathering: 12:30pm
Route: 1:30 - 5:30 pm Mai Po (The Magic of Migration 浮橋之旅)
6:30 - 8:30 pm Seafood Dinner in Lao Fo Shan 流浮山邦記
Time of return: 8:30pm
Fee: Trip of Mai Po (The Magic of Migration) $120
Seafood dinner: Adult $200
Child (age 12 or under) $100
Transportation (sponsored by The Opera Society of Hong Kong)
Dress code: outdoor clothes, hat, mosquito repellant (optional), bring your own telescope or rent from Mai Po ($20 for each)

P.S. Members and friends are welcome!

Members and family interested in participating should reply before 4 February 2007 (Tuesday).
Reference website: www.wwf.org.hk
Contact person: Li Si-lai
Contact number: 94605219/25750995/28918997 (fax)
Email: lsledcc@hotmail.com

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Rehearsals for "Season's Greetings in the Park"

10 October 2006 - Rehearsals for the RTHK Radio 4 Seasons Greetings in the Park concert on Christmas Eve will begin soon.  Like last year, the concert will be recorded and televised on Christmas Day! Members, please confirm your participation on or before October 25, 2006 by sending returning email to Shirley Fu at shirley@opera.org.hk.

Concert Information
Date: December 24, 2006 (Sun)
Time: 5pm - 7pm
Venue: Olympia Square, Hong Kong Park, Central
Chorus: The Opera Society of Hong Kong
Orchestra: City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
Conductor: Dr Johnny Poon

Programme
- chorus pieces:- Vivaldi's Gloria; Handel's Hallelujah Chorus and The Christmas Medley (sang in 'Messiah in the Park 2005')
- orchestral (with instrumental solo) pieces:- Vivaldi's Concerto in C for 2 Trumpets & Four Seasons.

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AGM and Members' Concert

21 April 2006 - Our 2006 Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday, 20 April 2006, at 8:00 pm at Fanny Li Hall, St. John's Cathedral, Central, Hong Kong. A music gathering followed right after the meeting with refreshment provided.


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Messiah in the Park
Date:   24 December 2005
Time:   5 pm
Venue:   Hong Kong Olympic Square, Hong Kong Park
Conductor:   Dr. Johnny Poon
Chorusmaster:   Mr. Raymond Fu
Orchestra:   City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
Soloists:   Yuki Ip, Soprano
    Marcus Choy, Countertenor
    David Quah, Tenor
    Brian Montgomery, Bass

 

Concert Publicity
 
Chorus: The Opera Society of Hong Kong
Orchestra Accompaniment: City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
Combined Mass Choir: Diocesan Boys' School Choir, Diocesan Girls' School Choir, HKIEd Chorus, The Hong Kong Melody Makers, The Learners Chorus, Wah Yan College, Kowloon Boys' Choir

RTHK Radio 4, together with some fabulous local musical talents, will bring you Handel's most celebrated oratorio, "Messiah", on December 24, 2005. The general public is invited to join in and sing along with more than 300 outstanding performers to famous songs from Messiah and other Christmas carols at the Olympic Square, Hong Kong Park.

Dr. Johnny Poon, Artistic Director of Performance Activities, Hong Kong Baptist University, has been invited to be the conductor of "Messiah in the Park" to lead a group of excellent choirs formed by the chorus of the Opera Society of Hong Kong, the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, and a combined choir formed by the Diocesan Boys' School Choir, Diocesan Girls' School Choir, Hong Kong Institute of Education Chorus, The Hong Kong Melody Makers, The Learners Chorus and Wah Yan College Kowloon Boys' Choir. At the same time, four soloists including soprano Yuki Ip, countertenor Marcus Choy, tenor David Quah and bass Brian Montgomery will guide the audience through the famous melodies of the Messiah with their beautiful voices.

Featured works of the event include Part I of Messiah, along with the most famous chorus of all - "Hallelujah", as well as many other uplifting Christmas carols. Plasma TV screens will be set up at the venue to facilitate public participation. About an hour before the concert, you may also take a stroll through Hong Kong Park and along the way enjoy some light Christmas classics with the HKIEd Handbell Ensemble and the NIE Ensemble (Singapore). Amy Kwong, Head of RTHK Radio 4 said, "Messiah" stands out from Handel's English Oratorios by virtue of using words taken from both the Old and New Testaments. Radio 4 also invites you to join us at this exciting event to share the joy of Christmas by listening and singing along enchanting Christmas melodies. Take a stroll through Hong Kong Park and experience a unique Christmas Eve.
 
RTHK Radio 4's "Messiah in the Park" will take place on December 24, 2005 (Sat) at the Olympic Square, Hong Kong Park (5pm-6:30pm). FREE Admission. The programme will be broadcast on RTHK Radio 4 (FM 97.6- 98.9), RTHK's website (www.rthk.org.hk) and TVB Pearl at 12:40am, December 25, 2005. It will also be repeated on Radio 4 at 9:00pm on December 25, 2005. Enquiry number: 2339 6425.

Concert publicity in Finemusic, December 2005
RTHK invites you to sing out the joy of X'mas

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Hiking at the Peak

27 November 2005 - From Chi Lok: "The hiking was concluded with full stomachs and endless laughters. There was a bit of communication issue in the beginning but we managed to start the hike before 3:15pm. .... I found singers are all sporty and we finished the round the peak hike (or walk!) in an hour. Before we had a wonderful dinner with airfrieght food from the south of France, we spent time at Si Lai's huge place and filled the warmth of a happy family for a couple of hours with singing, chatting, and yoga!...We have 17 members and friends joining and 15 stayed for the food."

View photos at Si Lai's.


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Singing Gala

24 July 2004 - We shared our fun of members' singing operatic extracts and choral pieces on one fine Saturday afternoon at our Wanchai office.

View photos.


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Elementary French Class

May 2004 - To further enhance our French, we are delighted to have Ms Monica Yu to be our coming French class teacher. This is an elementary course for anyone who is interested to learn French in a systematic way.

Dates: Every Tuesday commencing 6 July 2004
Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm (2 hrs x 12 lessons)
Total learning hours: 24
Medium of instruction: Mainly in English

Venue: The Opera Society Studio, Rm 1102, On Hong Commercial Building, 145
Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, HK.

Fees: (depending on no of participants)
* Maximum intake per class: 15 (first-come-first-serve)
* If enrollment is less than 10, the class will be cancelled.
* For no of enrollment falls between 11 to 14, tuition fees will be
calculated pro rata and exact fare will be announced after confirmation of
registration.

Registration:
1. Interested members should first register through email on or before 25 June 2004.
2. Registered members will be notified of exact amount of tuition fees on 28 June 2004.
3. Enrollment will only be confirmed upon receipt of the tuition fees on or before 3 July 2004.

Monica Yu Ho Ming
Monica Yu Ho Ming has obtained her Bachelor of Musical Art degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada in 2003. During her course of study at the faculty, she was under the vocal instruction of Elizabeth Peters and Theresa Thibodeau. Monica also continued to study French Language and Culture at a post-graduate level; she obtained her French Proficiency Certificate from Trois-Pistole French Language School, Quebec, Canada in 2002. She has been working as a Private French tutor for beginners and high school students since then. She was the language coach for the Hong Kong Opera Society Chorus in the recently-produced opera "Samson and Delilah." Currently, she is teaching Music and French at a local secondary school in Hong Kong.

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Love for Hong Kong for Opera

Date:

18 October 2003

Time:

8:00 pm

Venue:

Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

 
Opera Hong Kong Inauguration Fundraising Gala Concert.

 



Soloists: Lea Woods Friedman, Soprano; Meagan Miller, Soprano; Alexandra Sapan, Soprano; Elizabeth Batton, Mezzo-Soprano; Warren Wok, Tenor; Mark Thomsen, Tenor; Paul Armin Edelmann, Baritone; Peter Edelmann, Baritone; Brian Jauhiainen, Bass; Victor Von Halem, Bass

Chrous of The Opera Society of Hong Kong, Raymond Fu, Chorusmaster.
International Orchestra of Italy, Francesc Bonnin, Conductor

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Fruits on the Tree 樹上的果子

CD Recording Project

Date:

18-20 May 2002

Venue:

Lee Hysan Concert Hall, Chinese University of Hong Kong


Chorus of the Opera Society of Hong Kong, Raymond Fu, Chorusmaster
Kim Hae-kyung, Soprano Solo
Alberto Choi, Tenor Solo
Wong Po To, Bass Solo
Carol Yu, Pianist



Recording of compositions based on ancient poems and texts and songs arranged for choruses by contemporary Hong Kong composers:

你的夢
秋夕
草茵上
啊!向日葵
送友人
行路難
天淨沙
黃鶴樓
雨霖鈴
聲聲慢
虞美人
如夢令
泰山
A Cheerful Welcome
Pity for Mary
Pleasure It is
大江東去

Hugo CD MLW3105.

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