Korean-American mezzo-soprano ALICE CHUNG has been praised for being a "force of nature" (SFCV) and "soaring with impressive power" (KC Metropolis).
In the 2019-2020 season, Ms. Chung will be making her company debut with Tulsa Opera as Mercédès in Bizet's Carmen. Returning to the Academy of Vocal Arts for her second year of residency, she will be performing Ulrica in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera.
This past season, Ms. Chung reprised the role of La zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), and role-debuted as Ježibaba (Rusalka), Despina (Così fan tutte), and Gertrude (Roméo et Juliette).
During her time as a Young Artist at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Ms. Chung performed the role of Madame Larina in the new production of Eugene Onegin and Sister Lillianne in Dead Man Walking. Other roles include Giovanna (Rigoletto), Die Hexe (Hänsel und Gretel), Eduige (Rodelinda), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Mama McCourt (The Ballad of Baby Doe), Mrs. Grose (The Turn of the Screw), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Cecilia March (Little Women), and Mariana (Luisa Fernanda).
This past summer, Ms. Chung returned to the prestigious Merola Opera Program in San Francisco. She performed in the Schwabacher Summer Concert and the Merola Grand Finale which she was acclaimed for her excerpted portrayals of Azucena (Il trovatore) and Gertrude (Hamlet), as well as Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana) and Augusta Tabor (The Ballad of Baby Doe) two years before. She was also a part of the world premiere cast of Jake Heggie's new opera If I Were You. Additional credits include appearances with the Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, OperaWorks, Pasadena Opera Guild, and Opera Santa Barbara.
Off the main stage, Ms. Chung has performed in several chamber music groups and concerts. She has also collaborated with several composers, premiering new works at the Primavera Festival and Composer Concerts at University of California. Ms. Chung has also appeared as the Alto soloist in the Beethoven Fantasia in C minor with the Kansas City Symphony.
In 2018, Ms. Chung was a grant recipient of the Gerda Lissner Lieder/Song Competition. Earlier that same year, she won the Kansas City Districts of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions, and was awarded Second Prize in the Midwest Regionals. In the past, she has also received the Paula Kramer Award for Voice through Sigma Alpha Iota and the Marilyn Miller Scholarship for Voice through the Kansas City Musical Club Scholarship Competition. Ms. Chung also received a Young Artist Encouragement Award from the Chautauqua Opera Guild, and was the first vocalist to win the UCSB Chamber Music Competition, competing with Brahms’s Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91.
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