Ah Young Hong
Renowned for her artistic versatility, soprano Ah Young Hong has interpreted a vast array of repertoire, ranging from the music of Bach and Monteverdi to the art songs of Poulenc and Zemlinsky to the works of some of the 21st century’s most prominent composers.
In the 2013-2014 season, Ms. Hong stunned audiences in the world premiere of Michael Hersch’s monodrama, On the Threshold of Winter, at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Fishman Space with the NUNC Ensemble led by artistic director Miranda Cuckson and conductor Tito Muñoz. The New York Times praised Ms. Hong’s “courageous, soul-baring performance” and lauded her role as the opera’s “lone, blazing star.” The New Criterion added, “Hong delivered a tour de force ... [she] performed intelligently, bravely, and searingly.”
Other operatic performances by Ms. Hong include the title role in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Morgana in Handel’s Alcina, Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Fortuna and Minerva in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, and Asteria in Handel’s Tamerlano. She has also appeared with Opera Lafayette in Rebel and Francoeur’s Zélindor, roi des Sylphes at the Rose Theater in Lincoln Center and as La Musique in Charpentier’s Les Arts Florissants at the Kennedy Center. As Poppea, Ms. Hong was deemed “a triumph” whose “tonal gleam filled the hall beautifully”(The Baltimore Sun).
In high demand as a concert soloist, Ms. Hong has performed with Wiener KammerOrchester, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra, Tempesta di Mare, Folger Consort, and Concert Artists of Baltimore, amongst others. She has shared the stage with such artists as John Shirley-Quirk, William Sharp, John Aler, François Loup, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, Heide Grant Murphy, William Burden, and Mark Doss.
Ms. Hong recorded the American premiere of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn’ ihn, BWV 1127, for National Public Radio’s Performance Today. Other recordings include the world premiere of Rebel and Francoeur’s Zélindor, roi des Sylphes (Naxos), Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (Peter Lee Music), and Sentirete una Canzonetta with Harmonious Blacksmith.
Ms. Hong is currently a member of the Voice Faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University.