Recently a winner of the 2021 William Matheus Sullivan Foundation Award, First Place winner of the Cooper-Bing Competition, Third Place in the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition, and District Winner and Regional Encouragement Winner in the Metropolitan National Council Auditions, Korean-American mezzo-soprano ALICE CHUNG is rapidly being recognized for her "operatic tonal glamour" (Parterre).
This year, Ms. Chung returns to the Academy of Vocal Arts to complete her residency. In Spring 2022, she will be making her company and role debut at Hawaii Opera Theatre as Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. She will then be heading back to the Bay Area to cover the role of Granny Jia in the Dream of the Red Chamber in San Francisco Opera’s co-production with the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
"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 most recently in San Francisco to make her Schwabacher Debut Recital in 2020, 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 Tulsa Opera, 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.
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.
This past summer, as a part of the Music Academy of the West’s x2 chamber music concerts, Ms. Chung had the opportunity to present Three songs for voice, viola, and piano by Frank Bridge with fellow Jay Julio at the viola and the one and only John Churchwell at the piano.
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.
In 2020, Ms. Chung was awarded the Richard F. Gold Career Grant by the Shoshana Foundation. She has also 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).