Miss So is an American born, conservatory-trained soprano. She has been teaching in Hong Kong for a number of years and is currently a Crew Performer with World Family Club.
Miss So graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Voice from Cleveland Institute of Music (Cleveland, Ohio, USA) and soon after began teaching in a suburban music school. In 2012 she was appointed to Adjunct Instructor of Voice at Malone University (Canton, Ohio, USA) where she continued to teach until 2017. During this time she completed her Master of Music degree in Voice from The University of Akron (Akron, Ohio, USA). In 2017 she moved to Hong Kong to pursue an opportunity to teach voice there.
During her time studying, Miss So had the opportunity to sing in Italy and Switzerland through participation in the Sessione Senese per La Musica e L’Arte, based out of Siena, Italy. She was also a participant in the Resonanz Opera summer program (Ohio, USA) and the Nightingale Opera Theatre Masterclass Series (Ohio, USA). She has also participated in workshops studying Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Alexander Technique, and the Feldenkrais Method.
While living in Cleveland, Miss So was a regular gigging musician, singing with Great Lakes Light Opera and also maintaining choral positions with various churches and synagogues. On stage, she performed the role of Mother in “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” Baba in “The Medium,” and Announcer in “Gallantry,” all with The University of Akron Opera Theatre. Miss So also had the pleasure of performing alongside her students in various Malone Opera Theatre productions. She performed La Zia Principessa in “Suor Angelica,” Marcellina in “Le Nozze Di Figaro,” and First Lady in “Die Zauberflöte.” In Hong Kong, Miss So has done various musical and acting performances. She sings with the St. John Cathedral Evensong Choir and is a member of the Hong Kong Bach Choir.
Miss Christy is a Young Artist of Opera Hong Kong. Her singing was highly commended by American conductor as ‘beautiful elegant singing… lined up top to bottom. Impressive!’. She is the First Place winner of the Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition and the First Prize winner of Golden Classical Music Awards (New York) International Music Competition. Being selected as the Most Outstanding Singer in the 2nd International Opera Exchange Masterclass in 2016, she received a scholarship to study singing in Italy. Miss Christy has obtained MA Music in Vocal Performance Studies with distinction at the University of York, and MA Music degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
As a singer, she has performed in opera, musicals and recitals in mainland China, Italy, Australia, the US, the UK, Vietnam and Hong Kong. Miss Christy has played the roles of Carmen in Carmen, Cherubino and Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Cos fan tutte, Nicklaus and La Muse in the Tales of Hoffmann, Madame de la Haltiere in Cendrillon, the Sorceress and Spirit roles in Dido and Aeneas, Third Lady in Magic Flute, and Maria in The Sound of Music. She was also the Alto soloist in Vivaldi Gloria, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Bach’s St John Passion and the Asia premiere of Palmeri Martin’s Tango Gloria. Being invited twice by Nanshan Grand Theatre, Shenzhen, for holding her vocal recital in recent years, she achieved great success and was highly commended by local press. She is active in vocal performance, as well as music education. She has taught voice in local high schools and also been an adjudicator of singing competitions in York and in Hong Kong.
Ariel Wong received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Music with First Class Honour from the Hong Kong Baptist University, majoring in voice. She has studied with soprano Candice Chung and mezzo-soprano Melody Sze. Wong was awarded the Licentiate of Trinity College London (LTCL) in singing with distinction. She has also won several prizes as a soloist, including the Grantham Music Awards 2021-2022.
Wong’s operatic roles include Arminda in La finta giardiniera and Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro. She has also appeared in opera scenes as Susanna from the same opera and as the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte. As a soprano soloist, she was invited to perform William L. Dawson’s There is a Balm in Gilead and Felix Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer.
She has collaborated with various music organisations in Hong Kong as a chorus member, particularly SingFest. She participated in the theatre productions of Markus-Passion, Gute Nacht Mondlicht, and The Blessed Tree: Pergolesi Stabat Mater. She also sang in Il Trovatore with Opera Hong Kong. Additionally, she was an active chorister in Cantoría Hong Kong during her studies and joined the recording tour in Bangkok. She has performed in the Hong Kong Arts Festival production of The Suppliant Women in 2018.
Omarr is currently a fourth-year student studying music in Hong Kong Baptist University majoring in Voice. He has studied voice with Mr. Jimmy Chan since the year of 2015 and obtained Grade 8 Voice from Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) in 2016 with distinction. Since his secondary, he has participated in the Hong Kong Music Festival and has won prizes in the vocal solo category. During his studies, Omarr has received the Li Po Chun Charitable Trust Fund Undergraduate Scholarships and The Hong Kong Children’s Choir Music Scholarship.
Since joining the school choir in 2012 in his secondary, he has been actively participating in music ensembles. He is the chorister and part leader of the HKBU and a member of Cantoría Hong Kong, performing in Duruflé’s “Requiem” and Poulenc’s “Gloria”. He has also shown enthusiasm in choral conducting being the associate conductor in the HKBU Christian Choir and the conductor of HKBU Staff Choir. In 2023, he had performed with Cantoría Hong Kong as a student conductor, participating the Cantoría Student Conducting Project.
Ms. Hilary (mezzo-soprano) holds her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Voice Performance from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee (Massachusetts, USA) and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). She is currently the Fellow-In-Residence (Vocal) at Yew Chung International School and the conductor of the girl’s choir at C.C.C Kei Yuen College. She also received her LTCL in Singing with Distinction. Since 2019, her vocal students have won 90 top three prizes in both local and international competitions, she was also awarded multiple teaching prizes to recognize her excellent contribution to musical teaching; including ASCO International Music Competition, Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition (New York, USA), London Young Musician (London, UK), Grand Prize Virtuoso Salzburg Competition (Salzburg, Vienna), International Young Musicians Music Competition (Wien, Austria), Taipei International Youth Music Competition (Taipei, Taiwan), Rising Star London Festival Competition (London, UK), Brilliant Talent Discovery Awards International Music Competition (Singapore), and over 40 local competitions.
Ms. Hilary has taught as the Full-time music/choir director at the Boston Trinity Academy, Natick High School, Canton High School, Christa McAuliffe Charter School, Watertown Middle School, and Forest Hills Covenant Church in Massachusetts, USA. In addition, she was a young artist with multiple opera programs, such as Opera Naples Young Artist Program (Naples, FL), Martina Arroyo Prelude to Performance Program (NYC), New England Opera Intensive (Boston, MA), Utah Lyric Opera Young Artist Program (Provo, UT), Canadian Vocal Arts Institute (Montreal, Canada), Russian Opera Workshop (Philadelphia, PA). She was also a professional alto choir member with the prestigious Philadelphia Symphonic Choir and Boston Symphony Orchestra Tanglewood Festival Chorus (USA).
Praised for a voice of “deliciously deep and rich,” (Birmingham Post), Hong Kong baritone Michael Chun Ting Lam is a wide-ranging opera and concert soloist who has performed in Hong Kong, Vietnam, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany, Austria and Hungary, as well as other European countries. He trained at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Hungary, as a recipient of the Joseph Weingarten Scholarship. He received his Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he was supported by Opera Hong Kong K Wah International Vocal Scholarship, Foundation for the Arts and Music in Asia Limited (FAMA) Vocal Scholarships and Birmingham Conservatoire Scholarship Fund. Prior to that, he gained his Bachelor of Music from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he received a number of scholarships, including the Welsh Male Choir Scholarship, the Bernard van Zuiden Music Fund, Mr. Ng Fung Chow Memorial Scholarships, The Hong Kong Children’s Choir Chan Ho Choi Memorial Scholarship and Michael Rippon Memorial Scholarship.
Passionate about opera, Michael has sung more than 40 operatic roles and performed for many opera companies and festivals, including Opera Hong Kong, Musica Viva, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Silent Opera, Winslow Hall Opera, OperaUpClose, Passaggio Oper, Opéra de Baugé, Hanoi Opera House and more. His operatic roles include including the title roles of Macbeth, Don Pasquale, Giulio Cesare and Il barbiere di Siviglia, Tonio(Pagliacci), Alfio(Cavalleria Rusticana), Marcello & Colline(La Bohème), Escamillo(Carmen), Belcore(L’elisir d’amore), The Four Villains(Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Count Almaviva(Le Nozze di Figaro), Forester(The Cunning Little Vixen), Bottom(A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Bonze(Madama Butterfly), Il Commendatore(Don Giovanni), Don Magnifico(La Cenerentola), Lord Guglielmo Cecil(Maria Stuarda), Death(Sāvitri), Le Fauteuil(L’enfant et les sortilèges), among others. A fan and advocate of contemporary music, Michael has created several roles in the world premieres of operas, including Sakyamuni, the Buddha in Anna Vienna Ho’s Buddha and the Monkey King(2020) and The Monk of the River(2021) for Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, The Lead Picker in Daniel Blanco Albert’s Autohoodening: The Rise of Captain Swing(2021) for Infinite Opera and Post Workers Theatre, and Confucius in Gustav Ka Lok Mak’s The Legend of Confucius(2022) for Global Symphony Orchestra; and main roles in pasticcios including Don Basilio in Fortunes of Figaro(2017) for Opera Novella, Argante in Armida(2018) for Zeneakadémia and Eisenstein in The Merry Party(2022) for Bel Canto Singers.
On the concert stage, Michael performed as the concert soloist for many music organizations, singing the masterpieces of various composers, including Haydn’s Nelson Mass, J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D Major, Felix Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, etc. He has performed as the baritone soloist in Opera Galas for Red Earth Opera, Midland Opera, Oxford Opera Society, Józsa Judit Galéria, and Holy Trinity Church Coventry. He has also been giving solo recitals regularly, including one at St Andrew’s Church Rugby as part of the Rugby Festival of Culture 2019 and one at Hong Kong City Hall as part of Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s “Our Music Talents” series 2022. In 2022, he sang the role of Konfuzius in Gustav Mak’s Die Legende von Konfuzius(world premiere) with the Budapest MÁV Symphony Orchestra in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna.
Michael was a first-prize winner of numerous international singing competitions, including Hong Kong International Music Festival Vocal Competition, Grand Prize Virtuoso, The Ashleyan Opera Prize, The North International Music Competition, International Music Competition “Таланты XXI века”, Quebec International Music Competition, IYMC Classical Music International Competition, King’s Peak International Music Competition, Odin International Music Competition, Swiss International Music Competition, Danubia Talents Liszt International Music Competition and International Vocal Competition “The Song”, to name a few. In 2017, he was awarded the St Clare Barfield Memorial Bowl for Operatic Distinction from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He has been given the Gil Rodriguez Scholarship Award from Opéra de Baugé for his outstanding contribution to the 2019 Operatic Season.
Besides performing as a singer, Michael frequently appears as a Zhongruanist. He was the leader and the principal Zhongruanist of Ng Wah Chinese Orchestra and, a Ruanist of Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Bright East Chinese Orchestra and Sonata Elite Chamber Orchestra. In addition to participating in large-scale concerts held in concert halls, such as “A Concert of Popular Chinese Music” and “A Concert of Guided History”, Michael has also actively participated in chamber performances in various community events, dinners, and cocktail parties. In 2020, he has been involved in the project “It Gets Lighter From Here”, organized by Birmingham Opera Company and Culture Central. He has also participated in the world premiere of Anna Vienna Ho’s The Monk of the River as part of the Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2021. He was the first-prize winner of the International Art Festival & Contest “Talents of Europe” 2021.
An enthusiastic educator, Michael has been teaching Voice, Ruan and Liuqin for many years. He was a music tutor at Canon Music & Arts Centre, Greenery Music & Arts Center and Parkland Music Limited. A member of Hong Kong Music Tutors Union, he organized his first students’ concert at Parsons Recital Hall in Hong Kong in 2015. In 2016, he has successfully organized “No Vocalists Allowed”, an opera workshop for non-vocal major students, and an opera scenes concert at the New Lecture Theatre, Birmingham Conservatoire, UK. He has worked as an assistant vocal coach in K. Wah Opera Hong Kong summer school programme 2017. In 2020, he has been invited to be one of the language coaches for Vopera in their award-winning production of Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges. He has been the adjudicator of the “Festival of Instrumental and Vocal Arts” International Online Music Competition, Russia, in 2021 and 2022, and International Competition for Musicians “Virtuosos”, Russia, in 2022. He has also worked as a singing teacher and choir conductor at the Christian Alliance S W Chan Memorial College, Po Leung Kuk Lee Shing Pik College, the Salvation Army William Booth Secondary School, Yu Chun Keung Memorial College and Hong Kong and Kowloon Kaifong Women’s Association Sun Fong Chung College. He is a vocal instructor at Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School, International Christian Quality Music Secondary and Primary School and Hong Kong International Institute of Music, and a choir conductor at several primary and secondary schools.