Mezzo-Soprano Alice Chung

ROLES PREPARED AND/OR PERFORMED
Madelon – Andrea Chénier
Carmen – Carmen
Mercédès – Carmen
Erda – Das Rheingold
Dritte Dame – Die Zauberflöte
Filipievna – Eugene Onegin
Larina – Eugene Onegin
Zita – Gianni Schicchi
Die Hexe – Hänsel und Gretel
Cecilia March – Little Women
Mariana – Luisa Fernanda
Suzuki – Madama Butterfly
Maddalena – Rigoletto
Giovanna – Rigoletto
Eduige – Rodelinda
Gertrude – Roméo et Juliette
Ježibaba – Rusalka
La zia Principessa – Suor Angelica
La Badessa – Suor Angelica
Azucena – Il trovatore
Mama McCourt – The Ballad of Baby Doe
Mrs. Grose – The Turn of the Screw
Ulrica – Un ballo in maschera
ROLES IN PREPARATION
Granny Jia – Dream of the Red Chamber
Olga – Eugene Onegin
La reine – Hamlet
Leonor – La favorite
Dalila – Samson et Dalila
Charlotte – Werther

Recently a winner of the 2021 William Matheus Sullivan Foundation Audition Awards, Korean-American mezzo-soprano Alice Chung is rapidly being recognized for her “operatic tonal glamour” (Parterre) and being “a force of nature with a sound both powerful and appealing” (San Francisco Classical Voice).

This spring, Ms. Chung makes her company and role debut at Hawaii Opera Theatre as Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. She will then be headed 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. 

A graduate of The Academy of Vocal Arts, Ms. Chung has performed with Tulsa Opera, Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. A few role credits include La zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), Ježibaba (Rusalka), Die Hexe (Hänsel und Gretel), Mrs. Grose (The Turn of the Screw), Larina (Eugene Onegin), Eduige (Rodelinda), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), and Mariana (Luisa Fernanda). On the concert stage, she has sung with the Kansas City Symphony, Bucks County Symphony and, most recently, the Naples Philharmonic at Artis-Naples. Concert credits include Duruflé’s Requiem, Op. 9, Saint-Saëns’s Oratorio de Noël, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky Op. 78, and Beethoven’s Fantasia, Op. 8 and Mass in C Major, Op. 86.

As a 2017 and 2019 alumnus, Ms. Chung has garnered attention from the San Francisco audience through the prestigious Merola Opera Program, during which she was acclaimed for her excerpted portrayals of Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana), Augusta Tabor (The Ballad of Baby Doe), Azucena (Il trovatore) for her “riveting dramatic intensity” by Parterre, and a “ringing, magisterial” Gertrude (Hamlet) by the San Francisco Chronicle.  In 2020, she returned for her Schwabacher Debut Recital, presented by the Merola Opera Program in conjunction with the San Francisco Opera. A lover of collaboration and recital and chamber music, Ms. Chung has worked with several contemporary composers, premiering new works as well as performing well-loved pieces such as Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder, Brahms’s Zwei Gesänge, Op.91 and Bridge’s Three Songs with Viola and Piano.  

Ms. Chung has been an honored recipient and winner of numerous grants as well as competitions. During 2020 and 2021, Ms. Chung was awarded the Richard F. Gold Career Grant by the Shoshana Foundation, won First Place in the Cooper-Bing Competition, and placed Third in the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition. 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.

During her time offstage, Ms. Chung works with several nonprofit organizations in the industry.  She is a founder of 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 also collaborates with The OmniARTS Foundation Inc., an organization dedicated to the cultivation of interdisciplinary art through new work commissions, arts education, and performance events.