Recently awarded the Richard F. Gold Career Grant by the Shoshana Foundation,
Korean-American mezzo-soprano ALICE CHUNG is rapidly being recognized for her "operatic tonal glamour" (Parterre).
In the 2019-2020 season, Ms. Chung made her company debut with Tulsa Opera as Mercédès in Bizet's Carmen.
(The following performances have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)
Returning to the Academy of Vocal Arts, she will be performing Ulrica in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera.
Ms. Chung will also be making a debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Strauss' Elektra under the baton of
Metropolitan Opera Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. This summer, Ms. Chung will be joining
the Music Academy of the West as a Fellow and will be reprising the role of Die Hexe from Hänsel und Gretel as well as others in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges on Opera Santa Barbara stage.
"soaring with impressive power"
- KC Metropolis
As a 2017 and 2019 alumnus, Ms. Chung has garnered attention from the San Francisco audience
through the prestigious Merola Opera Program. She was recently seen back in San Francisco to perform the first of the 2020 Schwabacher Debut Recitals presented by the Merola Opera Program in conjunction with the San Francisco Opera.
Through the respective years, Ms. Chung was acclaimed for her excerpted portrayals of Azucena (Il trovatore), Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana), Augusta Tabor (The Ballad of Baby Doe), and Gertrude (Hamlet).
" 'Hamlet'... had a formidable advocate in... mezzo-soprano Alice Chung, whose ringing, magisterial performance as Gertrude...lent Thomas’ limp score a soaring grandeur..."
- San Francisco Chronicle
Ms. Chung has also sung with Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
On the concert stage, Ms. Chung has sung with the Kansas City Symphony and Bucks County Symphony,
and will be seen this summer with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, performing Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.
Several role credits include, La zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), Ježibaba (Rusalka), Mrs. Grose (The Turn of the Screw), Die Hexe (Hänsel und Gretel), Madame Larina (Eugene Onegin), Eduige (Rodelinda), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Mama McCourt (The Ballad of Baby Doe), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Cecilia March (Little Women), and Mariana (Luisa Fernanda).
"Hers is a gleaming, formidable, take-no-prisoners...mezzo.
...Chung deploys it with real panache and theatrical flair "
A lover of collaboration and chamber music, Ms. Chung has worked with several contemporary composers, premiering new works at the Primavera Festival and Composer Concerts at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
She has also collaborated with Opera Santa Barbara in recital and curated non-profit concerts for her community.
One of her more recent collaborations are with The OmniARTS Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the cultivation of interdisciplinary art through new work commissions, arts education, and performance events.
Ms. Chung has been an honored recipient of numerous grants as well as a winner of various competitions.
She has won awards through the Gerda Lissner Lieder/Song Competition, Orpheus Vocal Competition,
Pasadena Opera Guild, Chautauqua Opera Guild, and the Metropolitan National Council Auditions
(Winner-Kansas City District 2017; Second Prize-Midwest Regionals 2018).