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Il Trovatore

Date:  28-30 September 2001, 1-3 October 2001
Time:  7:30 PM
Venue:  Grand Theatre, HK Cultural Centre

Music:  Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto:  Salvatore Cammarano
Original Play by Garcia Gutierrez

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
The Opera Society of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Academy Dancers

Conductor:  Diego Dini Ciacci
Chorusmaster:  Raymond Fu
Rehearsal Pianist:  Lee Wai-yin
Repetiteur:  Nina Yip
Choreographer : Susan Street
Set & Costume Designer:  Charles Cusick-Smith
Lighting Designer:  Billy Chan

Producer/Director:  Lo King-man

The Cast
Manrico Tenor: Piero Giuliacci (28 & 30/9, 2/10), Scott Flaherty (29/9, 1 & 3/10)
Leonora Soprano: Joanna Porackova (28 & 30/9, 2/10), Manhua Gao (29/9, 1 & 3/10)
Azucena Mezzo-soprano: Barbara McAlister (28 & 30/9, 2/10), Ning Liang (29/9, 1 & 3/10)
Count di Luna Baritone: Ping Yu (28 & 30/9, 2/10), Mario di Marco (29/9, 1 & 3/10)
Ferrando Bass: Michael Rippon
Ruiz Tenor: Alex Tam
Inez Soprano: Maggie Lai
An Old Gypsy Bass : Pong Chung-lam
A Messenger Tenor : Orlando Mang

Synopsis of Scenes
Act I The Duel
Scene 1 : In the fortress of the Aliaferia Palace in Zaragoza, Araon
Scene 2 : In the courtyard of the Palace near Leonora?s apartments

Act II The Gypsy
Scene 1 : A gypsy camp in the mountains of Biscay in northern Spain
Scene 2 : A convent near Castellor

Act III The Gypsy?s Son
Scene 1 : The Count?s military camp beneath the ruins of Castellor
Scene 2 : A tower of the Castellor castle

Act IV The Execution
Scene 1 : Outside the prison tower of the Aliaferia Palace
Scene 2 : Inside the prison

Chorus of the Opera Society of Hong Kong
The Opera Society of Hong Kong was established in 1992 by a group of dedicated singers. The Society has since performed its mission to promote western opera, operetta and vocal music in the Hong Kong community, while maintaining an outstanding standard of performance. With the vision of keeping abreast with world-renowned choruses, the Chorus strives to achieve the professional standard. Under the direction of Raymond Fu, Chairman of the Society and Chorusmaster, the Chorus has achieved a consistently high standard of performance.

Since its establishment, the Chorus has performed in over 15 operas and many standard choral repertoires.  In 1999, the chorus was invited by the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra to join their Millennium Concerts in Dongguang and Guangzhou, and made its highly successful debut in the Mainland.  The chorus has also worked with famous orchestras such as St. Martin in the Fields and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.  Last year, the Chorus performed the Film and Music project Voice of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc with the Anonymous 4.

The Opera Society lays emphasis on nurturing its members through participating in various intensive training.  Members? ability has been enhanced through activities such as master classes with world-renowned soprano Barbara Bonney and conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos, etc.

Chorus Master: Raymond Fu
Rehearsal Pianists: Lee Wai-yin

Soprano
Chan Lin-ching
Cheng Chi-suen
Shirley Fu
Patience Fung
Peggy Fung
Kwok Yuen-ling
Katherine Kwong
Lianne Lam
Mok Yee-ying, Emily
Wong Wai-man
Frances Wong
Pancy Wong
Yip Ching-yee, Mabel

Alto
Petra Bach
Claudia Chan
Marilyn Cheng
Donna Ho
Ada Lai
Rita Leung
Nancy Li
Bertha Lo
Vicky Ma
Mow Wai-tak
Tilda Wat

Tenor
AuYeung Chi-kit, Ricky
Cheung Shu-kan
Kohen Chia
Ching Yo-yo, Nicholas
Choi Siu-fung, Benjamin
Chung Chi-wing
Hui King-sun
Lam Chung-ming
Felix Lam
Lau Siu-ki
Kenneth Lee
Henry Leung
Orlando Mang
Ng Kam-seng
Sun Chi-chun, Harris
Tam Chi-ho, Herbert
Tam Wai-yip, Sam
Tucky To
Tsang Wai-ki
Wong Yiu-tong, Tony
Yeung Yun-loong
Yue Ka-wai

Bass
Herbert AuYeung
Chan Chi-wang
Chan Kam-yan, Edmond
Patrick Chan
Cheng Ho-ching
Cheng Hoi-chung
Chiu Ka-yan, Francis
Desmond Chung
Hung yiu-tung
Kok King-fai, Kenneth
Kwan Tse-chun
Kwok Kar-kit
Kwong Kwok-wai
Colin Lau
Lee Ka-hing
Lee Yick-kwong
Kinsen Leung
Li Sui-kam
Pong Chung-lam
Yu Hon-wai
Yuen Yen-ping

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