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Mariana Hong


(previously Hyeseoung Kwon)

Management: Australasia

Website: www.marianahong.com

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Liù, Turandot, Opera Australia
“…the third act's most sincere moment comes from Liu......Hyeseoung Kwon created this role with disarming expressive simplicity, unforced pathos, rich natural colour and fluency”.
Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald, June 2015

Cio-Cio San, Madama Butterfly , Royal Albert Hall
“…soprano Hyeseoung Kwon was making her UK debut this evening and sang as a stoic Madam Butterfly with a hypnotic voice. Her vocal prowess was utterly lavish and bold and did not falter at Puccini’s signature arias
Mary Grace Nguyen, LDN.card.com, March 2015

“..Hyeseoung Kwon………does grow over the evening towards the tear jerking finale. There is also a lot of detail in her facial expressions so that we really sense her confusion as Sharpless utters the unknown word ‘ornothology’ (the production employs Amanda Holden’s English translation); pride as she points out that American marriage lasts forever, and excitement as she repeatedly interrupts Sharpless’ attempts to read her the letter. Her voice is strong and vibrant, and she delivers a stirring performance of ‘Un bel dì’.
Sam Smith, Musicomh, March 2015

Giulietta,  Capuleti e  Montecchi, Opera Australia
“…Hyeseoung Kwon revealed impressive vocal maturity and an increasingly naturalistic acting style. Kwon managed exquisitely pure tone and legato, winning the audience vote.”
Eamonn Kelly, The Australian

Mimi  La Boheme, Opera Australia
“ …The slender and beautiful Kwon turned out to be touching in every way. Her voice is beautifully placed and lit through with grace and intelligence.”
Deborah Jones, Opera Opera

Liù, Turandot, Opera Australia 
 “ …Hyeseoung Kwon as the tragic slave, Liù, provided the most touching moments with precision and colour softened by warmth.”
Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald

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: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
January 2019
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