Ah Young Hong
Renowned for her artistic versatility, soprano Ah Young Hong has interpreted a vast array of repertoire, ranging from the music of Bach and Monteverdi to the songs of Zemlinsky and Shostakovich to the works of some of the 21st century’s most prominent composers.
In 2014, Ms. Hong stunned audiences in the world premiere of Michael Hersch’s monodrama, On the Threshold of Winter, at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Fishman Space with the NUNC Ensemble led by artistic director Miranda Cuckson and conductor Tito Muñoz. The New York Times praised Ms. Hong’s “courageous, soul-baring performance” and lauded her role as the opera’s “lone, blazing star.” The New Criterion added, “Hong delivered a tour de force ... [she] performed intelligently, bravely, and searingly.”
Other operatic performances by Ms. Hong include the title role in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Morgana in Handel’s Alcina, Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Fortuna and Minerva in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, and Asteria in Handel’s Tamerlano. She has also appeared with Opera Lafayette in Rebel and Francoeur’s Zélindor, roi des Sylphes at the Rose Theater in Lincoln Center and as La Musique in Charpentier’s Les Arts Florissants at the Kennedy Center. As Poppea, Ms. Hong was deemed “a triumph” whose “tonal gleam filled the hall beautifully”(The Baltimore Sun).
In high demand as a concert and chamber soloist, Ms. Hong has performed with Wiener KammerOrchester, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and Tempesta di Mare, amongst others. In 2015 with Network for New Music, she performed the world premiere of a breath upwards by Michael Hersch. Performances in the 2015-16 season include Hersch's On the Threshold of Winter at the Peabody Institute and at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee; the world premiere of Symphony 1 by Daniel McCarter with the Bay-Atlantic Symphony to commemorate Kristallnacht; Poulenc's Gloria with the Phoenix Symphony and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra; and returning to Philadelphia to perform with Network for New Music in a concert of works by Milton Babbitt and his students.
Ms. Hong recorded the American premiere of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn’ ihn, BWV 1127, for National Public Radio’s Performance Today. Other recordings include the world premiere of Rebel and Francoeur’s Zélindor, roi des Sylphes (Naxos), Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (Peter Lee Music), and Sentirete una Canzonetta with Harmonious Blacksmith.
Ms. Hong is currently a member of the Conservatory voice faculty at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.