B i o g r a p h y
A native of Hong Kong, soprano Jessica Ng studied voice at the Mannes College of Music alongside her pursuit of a degree in Fine Arts. She continued her operatic studies under the guidance of Marie McLaughlin and Harolyn Blackwell. Since her debut as the Konigin der Nacht in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in Weimar, Jessica has performed as Sandmannchen in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel at the Norwegian Opera and Ballet House, Drusilla in Greg Eldridge’s production of Monteverdi’s Il Incoronazione di Poppea, and has reprised the role of Konigin der Nacht in Naples, conducted by Jeffrey Rink.
In 2016, Jessica sang the role of Ophelie in Great Shakespearean Scenes in Opera---a fully staged concert by MusicaViva---as well as Frasquita in their production of Bizet’s Carmen. In September 2017, Jessica made her debut in the leading role of Adina, in MusicaViva’s production of L’Elisir d’Amore, then in the following January performed the role of Queen of the Night in Johannesburg, in Magdalene Minnaar's Recycled Magic Flute. Recently she created the role of First Geisha in the world premiere of Elena Langer's Beauty and Sadness, a chamber opera directed by Carolyn Choa.
In September 2019, Jessica made her debut as The Countess in Mozart's beloved opera Le Nozze di Figaro. She is currently a Young Artist of the Jockey Club Opera Hong Kong Young Artist Development and Education Programme. She will once again sing the Queen of the Night as part of Opera Hong Kong's Young Artist Showcase this coming December. Jessica is also engaged to perform the role of Clotilde in Bellini's Norma.
As a singer, writer and artist, Jessica is constantly searching for a more complete integration between her favoured artistic disciplines. In 2015 she wrote and directed the critically acclaimed puppet play/opera Tallard and the Ladderbird, which was performed to music by Pieter Bezuidenhout and produced in Pretoria, South Africa by artist Nina Torr. She has also written and directed In/Between, a semi-staged song cycle for soprano and harp, which was featured in both the Aardklop Festival in South Africa and the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong. Jessica also co-directed the highly regarded production of Humperdinck’s opera Hansel und Gretelat the HKU Black Box Theatre in 2017, as well as Kuffy Ko’s debut play Weird Pool Party in 2018, which was also a HKU Black Box Theatre production. She is currently working on multiple projects with the HKU Black Box Theatre.
Jessica earned a double degree in English Literature and Classics (First Class Honours) from the University of Edinburgh and a Fine Arts Degree (painting, Dean’s Award) from Parsons The New School for Design, New York. Writing awards she has won include the Jane Helen McLeod Prize for Shakespeare while inScotland, and first prize in the South China Morning Post Short Story Competition. She is currently part of the HKU Guild for collaborative arts and is scheduled to
teach a course in Creative Writing at the Diocesan Girls’ School this fall.