Prof YUEN, Nancy
Head of Vocal Studies
One of the most outstanding and exciting singers from Asia, Nancy Yuen made her debut upon graduation from the Royal Academy of Music, London, with the Welsh National Opera, singing the title role of Madama Butterfly to great critical acclaim. She has since reprised the role all over the world, notably with the English National Opera, Scottish Opera, West Australian Opera, Opera Queensland, Opera Northern Ireland, Singapore Lyric Opera (SLO), Bangkok Opera (BO), the New Zealand International Festival of Arts, the Barbados Opera Festival, at the Royal Albert Hall for Raymond Gubbay Limited in 1998, 2000 and 2003.
Other starring operatic roles include Romilda (Xerxes), Violetta (La Traviata), Aida, Gilda (Rigoletto), Tytania (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Nedda (I Pagliacci), Leonora (Il Trovatore), Tosca, Liza (The Queen of Spades), Mimi (La Boheme), Jenny (Mahagony Songspiel), Micaela (Carmen), Pamina (Die Zauberfloete), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Liu (Turandot), Antonia (Les Contes D'Hoffmann), Thaiis and Countessa (Le Nozze di Figaro).
A celebrated recitalist and versatile concert artist, she performs regularly with major orchestras and choral societies. Her appearances have included performances with Christopher Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock, Richard Armstrong, Carlo Rizzi, Helmuth Rilling, Tsung Yeh and orchestras such as the London Mozart Players, BBC Concert Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Tivoli Symphony Orchestra and the Shanghai Opera Orchestra. Leading roles of newly written operas such as "Mae Naak", "Ayudhya" and the "Zheng He Cantata", have been written specially for her.
As an educator, Nancy has given masterclasses in Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and China. She was one of the adjudicators for the 59th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival in 2007 and was also one of the panel judges for the "Competizione dell'Opera" organized by Opera Bremen, Germany in 2009.
As an opera director, she has staged Salieri's "Prima la Musica" and Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" and also excerpts from "Die Zauberflote", "The Merry Widow", "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Giulio Cesare".
In 2011 she sang Mae Naak in London and the role of Soong Chingling in the world premiere of "Dr. Sun Yat-sen" with Opera Hong Kong. In 2012 she sings Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with SLO and in 2013 she will make her role debut as Desdemona in Verdi¡¦s "Otello". Nancy was the Head of Vocal Studies at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore from 2003 to 2010. She joins the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts as Head of Vocal Studies in March 2010.