The Merola Opera Program concludes the summer with the Merola Grand Finale with Maestro George Manahan at the helm and Merolini stage director Greg Eldrige. Performing on the set of Billy Budd on the San Francisco Opera stage in the War Memorial Opera House with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. Featuring in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites (Mere Marie) and Thomas's Hamlet (Gertrude).
" “Hamlet” is a tough sell musically, but on this occasion it had a formidable advocate in the person of mezzo-soprano Alice Chung, whose ringing, magisterial performance as Gertrude — abetted by baritone Timothy Murray in the title role – lent Thomas’ limp score a soaring grandeur it might otherwise have lacked." - San Francisco Chronicle
"Soprano Amber R. Monroe and mezzo Alice Chung filled the enormous hall with their powerful, expertly projected voices, but the performances went beyond that already impressive accomplishment. Portraying, respectively, Madame Lidoine and Mère Marie de l’Incarnation, the doomed nuns of Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, the two young artists engaged hearts and minds in the uniquely affecting way music must provide to realize the art’s potential." - San Francisco Classical Voice
"Then came what may well have been the vocal and dramatic highlight of the concert —mezzo-soprano Alice Chung as Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, and baritone Tim Murray as Hamlet in a gut-wrenching scene from Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet." - The Berkeley Daily Planet
'One of the best performances of the evening came from mezzo-soprano Alice Chung as Gertrude in Thomas' Hamlet. Her voice is simply vivid and I loved hearing her sing "Hamlet, ma douleur est immense." ' - The Opera Tattler
"Ms. Chung’s presence was powerful even as Mr Murray castigated her for the death of her husband, Hamlet’s father. Their voices gave the Mother-Son relationship a new dimension beyond the usual lascivious Queen and up-tight Prince." - LivelyFoundation.org
"A special note, however, had to be made for hair-raising production of a duet from seldom-seen Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet,...found the regal-sounding Chung as Gertrude (Hamlet’s mother) moving from emotion to emotion – concern, confusion, denial and guilt – all within a single scene; it was truly a formidable experience! She had great rapport with her “sparring partner”, baritone Tim Murray..." - Parterre.com