Our soloists are:
Ming-Mou Hsieh, Don Pasquale
Ming-Mou was born in Taiwan in 1982. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Department of Music of Taipei National University of Arts. He Started learning singing with Prof. Li-Chiu Lan, and subsequently with Profs. Lorraine Nawa Jones, Angelo Marenzi and Chen Tang
His operatic roles include:
2010 – Rigoletto (Sparafucile) with Taipei Symphony Orchestra
2011 - Madama Butterfly (Il Commisario) with Taiwan Philharmonic Orchestra
2012 – Le nozze di Figaro (Bartolo) with Taipei Philharmonic Opera Studio
2013 - Die Fledermaus (Frank) with Taipei Philharmonic Opera Studio
La Traviata(Marchese d'Obigny) with Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra, Falstaff (Pistola) with Ever Green Symphony Orchestra
2015 - Don Giovanni (Masetto) with Taipei Philharmonic Opera Studio
2016 - Il barbiere di Siviglia(Bartolo) with Taipei Philharmonic Opera Studio
Manon Lescaut (Geronte) with National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Cenerentola (Magnifico) National Theater and Concert Hall Opera Studio
Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro) with Saigon Philharmonic Orchestra (production in Cambodia)
Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro) with Ever Green Symphony Orchestra
Don Pasquale (Pasquale) with Taipei Philharmonic Opera Studio
Teng Xiang Ting, Norina
Singaporean soprano Teng Xiang Ting began her musical training in Singapore with Anna Koor and Jeong Ae-Ree while training and qualifying as a lawyer. In 2014, she embarked on full time further studies in music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, U.K., where she studied under Mary Plazas and graduated with a Master of Music Performance (First Class, Distinction) and Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Performance Studies (Distinction). She is currently studying under Professor Michelle Breedt.Singaporean soprano Teng Xiang Ting began her musical training in Singapore with Anna Koor and Jeong Ae-Ree while training and qualifying as a lawyer. In 2014, she embarked on full time further studies in music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, U.K., where she studied under Mary Plazas and graduated with a Master of Music Performance (First Class, Distinction) and Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Performance Studies (Distinction). She is currently studying under Professor Michelle Breedt.
In 2012, Xiang Ting made her operatic debut with New Opera Singapore as Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. Subsequent operatic roles include Dido (Dido and Aeneas, Purcell), Parasha (Mavra, Stravinsky), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus, J.Strauss), Governess (Turn of the Screw, Britten), Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld, Offenbach), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart), and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) which she performed in New York City under the tutelage of renowned voice teacher Mark Oswald. In scenes, she performed Alcina (Alcina, Handel), Regina (Mathis der Maler, Hindemith), Linda (Linda di Chamounix, Donizetti), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel, Humperdinck) and Aminta (Il re pastore, Mozart). Future engagements in 2019 include her professional debut in Switzerland at the Theatres of Biel and Solothurn, singing Belinda and First Witch (Dido and Aeneas).
An avid lover of song and oratorio, Xiang Ting was part of the RNCM Song Circle and was selected to participate in the Oxford Lieder Festival in 2017. She has sung in masterclasses with specialists including Helmut Deutsch, Ann Murray, Julius Drake and Roger Vignoles. Her concert performances include soprano soloist for Mozart’s Requiem, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, Handel’s L’allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’ Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Haydn’s Little Organ Mass, Gounod’s Messe solennelle de St.Cécile, Mahler’s 4th Symphony and Vivaldi’s Gloria.
Alvin Tan, Dr Malatesta
Baritone Alvin Tan was ‘confident and of hearty voice, impressive, with a rich, burnished tonal colour’ – The Straits Time.
Singaporean baritone Alvin received his music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has sung the roles of Podestain in Le Docteur Miracle, Apollo in L’egisto, Mr. John Brooke in Little Women, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Demetrius in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Le Dancaïro in Carmen, Discord in Les Arts Florissants, Timur in Turandot and Dandini in Cenerentola.
On the concert stage, he performed The Wound-Dresser for baritone and orchestra composed by John Adams, Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Benjamin Britten, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy Op. 80 and has recently sung the role of St George in John Rutter's Reluctant Dragon, and has sung as soloist in Faure's Requiem, Brahm’s Requiem and Carmina Burana with Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra.
With the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, he played the role of Scholar Li in Liu San Jie. With the Singapore Lyric Opera, he has performed the role of Mandarin in Turandot, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, and Ramfis in Aida.
Alvin was awarded the Edwin Barlow Scholarship after winning first place in the National Association of Teachers voice competition. He was also awarded the Shell Foundation Bursary from the Singapore National Arts Council, and an honorary award winner in NDTV International Vocal Competition in New York City. He won Best Singaporean Artist Award and Third Prize overall in the 2016 SLO-ASEAN Voice Competition.
Oscar Ruben, Ernesto
Oscar was born in Cusco, Peru. The Tenor studied Classical Singing at the Peruvian National Conservatory of Lima and took part in various Opera Training Seminars (Fileno in "La fedelta premiata"; Almaviva in "Il barbiere di Siviglia").
He had obtained 2nd place in the Competition "Radio Sinfonia Peru" in 2016. He had also performed as a soloist in "Accademia Rossiniana" in Pesaro in various roles including "Cavalier Belfiore", in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims. He had also sung "Gastone" in Verdi's La Traviata in Opera Klosterneuburg, Vienna. He was also a Tenor Soloist in Rossini's "Petit Messe Solenelle" in Rome, Pesaro and Fano. In 2018, he made his debut in the Vienna Musikverein with Juan Diego Florez, for Rossini’s “Il Viaggio a Reims” in “Juan Diego Florez and Friends” and "Camille de Roussillon" for Lehar's Die Lustige Witwe in Daegu Opera House, South Korea.
Jakub Osmera, Carlino
The Czech bass-baritone Jakub Ošmera was born in Tábor, Czech Republic. He started his vocal studies at the local Art school in the class of Lucie Bínová. In 2013, he started his classical vocal studies at the Prague Conservatory in the class of Prof. Valentin Prolat. During his studies at the Prague Conservatory he won many national song competitions in the Czech Republic - (Songbird Talent Awards, the Bohuslav Martinů Song Competition, the Prague Singer competition and also received special awards for interpretation of the Czech songs. He also attended masterclasses of prominent Czech opera singers – Ivan Kusnjer, Adam Plachetka and Zdeněk Šmukař.
In 2014, he represented the Czech Republic at the opening of the “Film Festival Czech-In” in Moscow and at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Moscow. In 2015 he enacted the lead role of water goblin (Hastrman) in the opera “Bird, Give Our Water Goblin Back to Us” with The Disman's Children' s Radio Ensemble and also performed at the “Janáček May festival” in Ostrava. He also collaborates with the Czech Radio. In this year he has also performed at JoySing festival and Shanghai festival.