Opera Passione - Accademia Teatro alla Scala

2012-06-29 20:00 - 21:30

Opera Passione - Accademia Teatro alla Scala

When: Fri 29 Jun, 2012 8pm
Where: Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall

Shi Young Jung Francesca Ruospo

Jaeheui Kwon Filippo Fontana Antonella Poli


Four promising vocalists from Italy's Accademia del Teatro alla Scala (La Scala) will perform in the concert "Opera Passione" in June.
Sopranos Shi Young Jung and Francesca Ruospo, together with tenor Jaeheui Kwon and baritone Filippo Fontana, accompanied by pianist Antonella Poli, will present an array of excerpts from opera classics by Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti, Cilea, Verdi and Puccini.


Shi Young Jung (Soprano)
Francesca Ruospo (Soprano)
Jaeheui Kwon (Tenor)
Filippo Fontana (Baritone)
Antonella Poli (Piano)


Mozart - Il core vi dono (from Così fan tutte)
Bellini - Ah, per sempre io ti perdei (from I Puritani)
Donizetti - Regnava nel silenzio (from Lucia di Lammermoor)
Donizetti - O Lisbona, alfin ti miro (from Don Sebastiano)
Donizetti - Pronta io son (from Don Pasquale)
Cilea - È la solita storia del pastore (from L’Arlesiana)
Cilea - Io son l’umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)
Verdi - Oh, qual pallor…Un dì felice, eterea (from La Traviata)
Verdi - Ritorna vincitor! (from Aïda)
Verdi - Solenne in quest’ora (from La Forza del Destino)
Verdi - Caro nome (from Rigoletto)
Puccini - E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)
Puccini - Dunque è proprio finita (from La Bohème)
Puccini - Addio, dolce svegliare (from La Bohème)


Accademia Teatro alla Scala (Italy)
La Scala’s dedication to nurturing new talents began in 1813 when the Theatre opened the School of Ballet, an institution that is today internationally recognised as one of the best of its kind. The Theatre’s calling to encourage the growth of new talent was further strengthened in the 1950s with the founding of the Scala Cadets in order to provide historic continuity for the traditional Italian lyrical opera. In 2001 the Accademia Teatro alla Scala became a private foundation, taking on the structure it has today which covers a multitude of professions tied to the performing arts and a wide offering of courses for training, specialisation and workshops.


Shi Young Jung
Shi Young Jung was born in Seoul in South Korea, where she completed her vocal studies at the university in 2002. She graduated from the Music Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome in Italy in 2005. In 2007, she joined the Academy of Specialization for Lyric Singers of Teatro alla Scala.

She made her debut at Teatro alla Scala in 2008 as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro under the direction of Giovanni Antonini. She is also a soloist there in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, then she participated in L’Italiana in Algeri and she performed the role of Louise in Donizetti’s Le Convenienze e Inconvenienze Teatrali directed by Marco Guidarini.


Francesca Ruospo
Born in Conversano, Francesca Ruospo graduated in lyric (summa cum laude) at the Conservatory N. Piccinni in Bari under the direction of Luigi De Corato in 2001. She won various prizes in the competitions including the 5th competition Premio Nazionale di Canto Lirico, the International Singing Competition ‘Mario Lanza’, etc.

She performed as Mimì in La Bohème in the 7th Lyric Festival at the Abbey of Casamari; the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Teatro alla Scala under the direction of Giovanni Antonini and Giorgio Strehler; in Tosca at the Teatro Comunale of Potenza under the direction of Pasquale Menchise and Luigi Travaglio.


Jaeheui Kwon
Born in Andong in South Korea, Jaeheui Kwon received his diploma in 2007 from the Kyungpook National University of Taegu. In 2007, he obtained his diploma at the International Academy of Music in Rome on scholarship. He placed third in the ‘Inge Contest’ in 2004. In 2009, he received the Special Award at the Francesco Albanese International Contest in Naples.

He has performed in Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust with the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Pinchas Steinberg. In 2009 to 2011, he studied at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala. In 2010, he sang the role of Don Eusebio in Rossini’s L’Occasione fa il Ladro conducted by Daniele Rustioni at the Teatro alla Scala.


Filippo Fontana
Born in Udine, Filippo Fontana received vocal studies under the guidance of Anna Maria Bicciato and Enza Ferrari. In 2009, he took part in the two-year high improvement course at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala. In 2008, he was chosen to participate in the specialization course held by Montserrat Caballé in Zaragoza, and in the opening of the new Auditorium ‘Stefanini’ of Treviso performed in the chamber opera The Cubist Lover of Roberto Hazon.

He was a finalist in the 12th International Competition of Vocal Chamber Music ‘City of Conegliano’ and was offered a scholarship. In September 2010, he debuted as Martin in L’Occasione fa il Ladro at the Teatro alla Scala.


Antonella Poli
After graduating in piano with full honours at the Conservatory of Trieste, Antonella Poli began to work as a pianist for the course of conducting held by Romolo Gessi at the European Academy. She was the Harpsichord Master in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Cinderella at the Experimental Lyric Theatre of Spoleto.

She took part in two productions organized in collaboration with the Teatro alla Scala and its Academy, including Donizetti’s Le Convenienze e Inconvenienze Teatrali directed by Antonio Albanese in 2009 and Rossini’s L’Occasione fa il Ladro directed by Ponnelle in 2010. From January 2011 onwards, she worked as Assistant Teacher at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala.


Running time of the concert is about 1 hour and 30 minutes with an intermission of 15 minutes.
Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually.
No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break or the interval in the programme.


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