American mezzo-soprano ALICE CHUNG is recognized for her "operatic tonal glamour" (Parterre). This season, Ms. Chung will be making her company debut with Boston Lyric Opera and Houston Grand Opera. At Houston, she will be singing the roles of Ox/Pig in Meilina Tsui's world premiere "The Big Swim." She will also be returning to Hawaii Opera Theatre for a traveling production of Jack Perla's An American Dream.
"soaring with impressive power"
- KC Metropolis
As a 2017 and 2019 alumnus of the prestigious Merola Opera Program, Ms. Chung has garnered acclaim with the San Francisco audience through her excerpted portrayals of Azucena (Il trovatore), Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana), Augusta Tabor (The Ballad of Baby Doe), and Gertrude (Hamlet). Since then, Ms. Chung has returned to San Francisco, presenting her Schwabacher Debut Recital and Shoshana Foundation recital, and covering at San Francisco Opera. She will be back in San Francisco this December for a Liederabend with Lieder Alive!
" '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 Arizona Opera, Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera San Jose, Tulsa Opera, and West Edge Opera. On the concert stage, Ms. Chung has sung with the Bucks County Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Ocean City Pops, Protestra, and the United States Naval Academy.
"Hers is a gleaming, formidable, take-no-prisoners...mezzo.
...Chung deploys it with real panache and theatrical flair "
Several role credits include, Death (Le rossignol), Maddalena (Rigoletto), La zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), Ježibaba (Rusalka), Mrs. Grose (The Turn of the Screw), Die Hexe (Hänsel und Gretel), 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).
During her time offstage, Ms. Chung works with several nonprofit organizations in the industry. One nonprofit is The OmniARTS Foundation Inc., a non-profit dedicated to the cultivation of interdisciplinary art through new work commissions, arts education, and
performance events. As a response to the surge of xenophobia, Ms. Chung also co-founded Wear Yellow Proudly, an arts and advocacy initiative devoted to bringing awareness to Asian culture by showcasing and celebrating Asian art and artists worldwide.
Ms. Chung has been an honored recipient of numerous grants as well as a winner of various competitions including, the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation Award, Cooper-Bing Competition, Shoshana Foundation. and the National Vocal Competition by the Young Patronesses of the Opera | Florida Grand Opera. She has also won awards through the Gerda Lissner Lieder/Song Competition, Opera Index, Mildred Miller International Voice Competition, Orpheus Vocal Competition, Pasadena Opera Guild, Chautauqua Opera Guild, the Metropolitan National Council Auditions (Second Prize-Midwest Regionals 2018), and the Vincerò Opera Competition.