Ah Hong, soprano
Photo by Phyllis Berger
The Baltimore Sun has praised Ah Hong for her “silken tone, limpid phrasing, and confident technique.” Her extensive concert and recital work has included performances with the Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra (England), Concert Artists of Baltimore, Bay-Atlantic Symphony (New Jersey), Lincoln Symphony Orchestra (Nebraska), Magnolia Baroque Festival (North Carolina), Loudoun Symphony (Virginia), Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Ceciliana Quartet, and Dryden Ensemble. In the summer of 2005, Ms. Hong and harpsichordist Joseph Gascho made the American premiere recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s newly discovered aria, Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn’ ihn, BWV 1127, for National Public Radio’s Performance Today. This recording has been broadcast throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
Ms. Hong’s opera appearances span the U.S. and England. With Opera Vivente in Baltimore, she was Asteria in Handel’s Tamburlaine, and Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, conducted by Jed Gaylin. She appeared in Mozart by Candlelight with Annapolis Opera. In England, Ms. Hong was Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, under the direction of Benjamin Luxon, and she played Fortuna and Minerva in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria under the musical direction of Michael Chance and director Tim Carroll for the Snape Proms and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. This spring, she will reprise the role of Minerva with Opera Vivente.
Ms. Hong received her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Ruth Drucker, Mark Markham, and Robert Muckenfuss. At the Britten-Pears Programme in En-gland, she was honored to study German lieder and French mélodie with Elly Ameling, and oratorio with Kurt Equiluz. Ms. Hong is currently a member of the voice faculty at the Peabody Conservatory and Towson University.
February 27, 2007