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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Music, even at its most subdued, is emotional overstatement. - Peter Goldsworthy.

We can't wait to get back into the theatre and immerse you in great Australian music. Head to BASS to book your tickets for our first Opera of 2020 - Summer of the Seventeenth Doll!

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Music, even at its most subdued, is emotional overstatement. - Peter Goldsworthy. 

We cant wait to get back into the theatre and immerse you in great Australian music. Head to BASS to book your tickets for our first Opera of 2020 - Summer of the Seventeenth Doll! 

https://stateopera.com.au/productions/summer-of-the-seventeenth-doll/

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Head to our Facebook story to join our stage manager as she goes prop shopping for Summer of the Seventeenth Doll set in Melbournes hot summer of 1953.

Head to BASS to book your tickets to the first opera for State Operas 2020 season at Her Majestys Theatre. https://stateopera.com.au/productions/summer-of-the-seventeenth-doll/

"Who listens to the libretto? You hum the tunes on the way out, you don’t whisper the words."

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Who listens to the libretto? You hum the tunes on the way out, you don’t whisper the words.

Peter Goldsworthy writes about what made him say yes! to adapting the classic text, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll into a libretto.

https://stateopera.com.au/summer-of-the-seventeenth-draft/

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Congratulations to SOSA for reviving these wonderful Australian works. Can't wait to see/hear it.

Saw this in Melbourne way back in the 90s. Will never forget it, but you’re right, there’s no aria to drag you in.

Lynda Meixner - you might be interested. We have our tickets.

It is important that Australian creative voices be heard. Part of State Opera's mission is to produce something that is Australian and has an Australian voice.

In 2020 we decided to elevate a new production of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll to the mainstage. The opera is, in turn, haunting, funny, nostalgic, tragic, elegiac, and familiar. And, like all great art, it provides a mirror to our times. The perfect vehicle to illustrate State Opera’s commitment to telling the Australian story, in words and music of our own time and place.

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It is important that Australian creative voices be heard. Part of State Operas mission is to produce something that is Australian and has an Australian voice.

In 2020 we decided to elevate a new production of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll to the mainstage. The opera is, in turn, haunting, funny, nostalgic, tragic, elegiac, and familiar. And, like all great art, it provides a mirror to our times. The perfect vehicle to illustrate State Opera’s commitment to telling the Australian story, in words and music of our own time and place.

Book Now at BASS: https://stateopera.com.au/productions/summer-of-the-seventeenth-doll/

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Can't wait to see this version at Her Majesty's. I saw the original production of the stage play in Sydney in 1955, with Ray Lawler himself as Barney

I am so happy that this is still getting to be performed

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An image from the 1996 performance of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll! The opera was commissioned by the Victoria State Opera and premiered in 1996. This performance marked the first time the authentic Australian voice was depicted on stage. So too does Mills and Goldsworthy’s opera express, at its heart, something heroic, fragile, and utterly moving.

Don't miss the first time it is performed in South Australia at the new-look Her Majesty's Theatre in November!

Book now: stateopera.com.au/productions/summer-of-the-seventeenth-doll/
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An image from the 1996 performance of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll! The opera was commissioned by the Victoria State Opera and premiered in 1996. This performance marked the first time the authentic Australian voice was depicted on stage. So too does Mills and Goldsworthy’s opera express, at its heart, something heroic, fragile, and utterly moving.

Dont miss the first time it is performed in South Australia at the new-look Her Majestys Theatre in November! 

Book now: https://stateopera.com.au/productions/summer-of-the-seventeenth-doll/

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Hmmmm looks to me like the fabulous Nicholas Todorovic as Johnnie Dowd...

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