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MARIANA
HONG

SOPRANO

Mariana graduated from Seoul’s Han-Yang University with a Bachelor of Vocal Music, and obtained a diploma in opera performance with high distinction at the Conservatorium of Milan and the Vercelli Academy in Italy. Under the baton of Maestro Riccardo Chailly and Romano Gandolfi, she performed in concerts in Milan and throughout Italy in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, Poulenc’s Gloria, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Rossini’s Stabat Mater.

This year, Mariana returns to Opera Australia in two of her signature roles: Liu (Turandot) and Cio-Cio-San  (Madama Butterfly). She will also make her State Opera of South Australia debut in the tile role of Madama Butterfly.

Since relocating to Australia, Mariana has performed many of the major lyric soprano roles with Opera Australia including Mimi (La Bohème), Liù (Turandot), Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly), Freia (Das Rheingold), Helmwige (Die Walküre), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Countess (The Marriage of Figaro), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi ), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Alcina and Oberto (Alcina), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Leila (The Pearlfishers), Frasquita and Micaela (Carmen), Nannetta (Falstaff), Siren (Rinaldo), Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Dorinda (Orlando), Heavenly Being 1 and Soprano Solo (The Pilgrim’s Progress), as well as special performances as Micaela for Opera Australia in Taipei. She has also performed Cio-Cio-San, Mimi, Liù and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for Opera Queensland.

In 2015 Mariana made her UK debut in the role of Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly for Raymond Gubbay Productions at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Other recent engagements include her returns to Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour as Liu in Turandot, to Opera Queensland in the title role of Madama Butterfly and to Opera Australia for the Melbourne Ring Cycle, as Freia and Helmwige.  Her 2017/2018 engagements included Cio-Cio-San for Opera Australia (also performing in their China tour) and Finnish National Opera, as well as a recital and the Rutter Requiem at the Newcastle Music Festival.

Mariana has been soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Missa Solemnis with Sydney Philharmonia and Auckland Choral Society, and performed at Opera in the Vineyards and at numerous concerts and recitals in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra.

Mariana was the winner of the Australian Singing Competition’s prestigious Opera Award and the MBS Young Performers Award in 2002. She has been nominated for Helpmann (Micaela) and Greenroom Awards in 2008 and 2009.

Mariana Hong is managed by Graham Pushee: [email protected]
January 2019
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PERFORMANCES WITH STATE OPERA SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Cio-Cio-San – Madama Butterfly (2019)

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Thank you from an ex-south Australian. That was special.

Beautifully performed, thank you State Opera South Australia

My kitten thinks I’m mad as I sing along with Tarantara!

Wonderful memories of performing in Pirates of Penzance. In memory of the four police who died the other day.

Great to see these folk performing again, even if we're not with them. Great tribute by SOSA to the Anzacs.

Fantastic singing. I grew up with all this music, especially the Irish ones.

Floods of tears here. Takes me back to my childhood and happy family concerts around the piano on Sunday nights with my wonderful Uncle Albert playing piano with much gratuitous emotion

Not sure anyone can move Peter Dawson over but loving this rendition.

Taking me back.50 plus years and memories of anzac day with my mother

What a wonderful concert...congratulations to the singers and all involved...the ANZAC commemorations have certainly risen to a professional and amazing level due to events like this...a true positive of the lockdown necessity.

I am 72 and somehow these songs are part of my fabric. I don't know the how or the why , they just are and my family wasn't particularly musical. I guess I just absorbed them with the air I breathed. Thank you

Artists: Bethany Hill, Charlotte Kelso, Mark Oates, Andrew Crispe, and Gerry Masi.

Go you heroes.... doing the choreography from NLTC's Pirates of Penzance in my loungeroom 😀

Great work SOSA. Thoroughly enjoyed that!! Lest We Forget.

Thank you SOSA for a truly beautiful and meaningful concert this ANZAC Day ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Lovely addition to ANZAC day, well done State Opera

Thank you SOSA. It's wonderful to hear these old songs sung so beautifully. A very special and moving tribute. Bravo All.

Thanks Mark, too, for your singing of the anthems this morning. So great.

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That was wonderful. I shall just mop up the tears after Danny Boy.. ...thank you..

A simple but big thank you. Songs from my youth. Beverley Frling

Lovely concert. Thank you to all the artists and to Stuart and State Opera.

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The magnificent Mark Oates was a good enough to let us share a bit of behind-the-scenes footage from the recording, in which we hear his gorgeous interpretation of Danny Boy not once, but twice. That's right folks - even pros can have a "moment" but they get right back up and keep on going. As one listener said "Lucky us to hear it twice!" 😉

Mark Oates you’re a wonderful wonderful human xx

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