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 Metropolitan Opera star Harolyn Blackwell. Her “appealing, agile voice” is particularly suited to Mozartian and Baroque repertoire, and she has performed works such as Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate, his Coronation Mass in C Major, Bach’s Wedding Cantata (BWV 202), Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen (BWV 51) as well as early Italian works by Sances and Monteverdi, in New York, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. 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 will make her debut as The Countess in Mozart's beloved opera Le Nozze di Figaro.
Her concert work reflects an especial affinity for music arranged for voice and the harp. Jessica and harpist Judy Ho were recently invited to perform the works of award-winning young composers Pieter Bezuidenhout and Franco Prinsloo at the Aardklop festival, South Africa. Their project, entitled In/Between: when China and Africa Meet, explored the links between the East and the South, and was rapturously received.
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. Jessica has also co-directed a critically acclaimed production of Humperdinck’s opera Hansel und Gretel at the HKU Black Box Theatre.
Jessica is currently a Young Artist of the Jockey Club Opera Hong Kong Young Artist Development and Education Programme