Liù, Turandot, Opera Australia
“…the third act's most sincere moment comes from Liu......Hye Seoung Kwon (Mariana Hong) 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 Hye Seoung Kwon (Mariana Hong) 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
“...Hye Seoung Kwon (Mariana Hong) 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
“…Hye Seoung Kwon (Mariana Hong) 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 (Hong) 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
“ …Hye Seoung Kwon(Mariana Hong) as the tragic slave, Liù, provided the most touching moments with precision and colour softened by warmth.”
Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald
Mariana’s 2022 performances will include a return to Opera Australia for her highly acclaimed portrayal of the role of Liu (Turandot), and recitals for Opera Queensland. Her 2021 engagements were to include the roles of Freia in Das Rheingold and Helmwige in Die Walküre in Opera Australia’s new production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Brisbane, which will now be re-scheduled in 2023.
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.
Recent highlights include Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) for Finnish National Opera, State Opera South Australia, Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, on Tour in China with Opera Australia, Royal Albert Hall with Raymond Gubbay Productions, demonstrating her exceptional versatility as both an actress and singer in bringing to life this demanding role. Other roles include Mimi (La Bohème), 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 Mimi, Liù and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for Opera Queensland.
Mariana has been soprano soloist in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, Poulenc’s Gloria and Stabat Mater with Romano Gandolfi and in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under the baton of Maestro Riccardo Chailly in Milan and throughout Italy. Mariana has also performed in Carmina Burana with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Missa Solemnis with Sydney Philharmonia and Auckland Choral Society, at Opera in the Vineyards, and in recital and the Rutter Requiem at the Newcastle Music Festival, as well as giving numerous concerts and recitals in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra.
She has worked under noted conductors including Riccardo Chailly, Richard Hickox, Patrick Summers, Johannes Fritzsch, Guillaume Tourniaire, Pietari Inkinen, Christian Badea, Jonathan Darlington, Andrea Licata and Muhai Tang.
Mariana was the winner of the Australian Singing Competition’s prestigious Opera Award and the MBS Young Performers Award in 2002. She is also a Helpmann Award and Greenroom Award nominee.
Mariana Hong is managed by Graham Pushee: firstname.lastname@example.org
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