A golden, glittering age of progress and decadence in France around the turn of the 20th century, La Belle Époque saw the flourishment of the arts and the birth of some of the most timeless French masterpieces ever created. Celebrate this time of joie de vivre this French May with Hong Kong Sinfonietta and soprano Vivian Yau – a rising star hailed as “a light, silvery, bright soprano with impressive coloratura” (The Aspen Times). Under the baton of Music Director Emeritus Yip Wing-sie, they will present a mesmerising selection of arias and other works by French greats such as Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Gounod, Poulenc and more.
Thomas Mignon: Overture
Thomas Mignon: Je Suis Titania la Blonde (Polonaise de Philine)
Gounod Faust: Ballet Music
Gounod Faust: L’Air des Bijoux (The Jewel Song)
Saint-Saëns La Princesse Jaune: Overture
Messager Madame Chrysanthème: Le Jour Sous le Soleil Béni
Ravel Ma Mère l’Oye (The Mother Goose) Suite
Poulenc Les Mamelles de Tirésias: Non, Monsieur, Mon Mari (Scène de Thérèse)
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Music Director Emeritus/Conductor: Yip Wing-sie
Soprano: Vivian Yau
Vivian Yau, Soprano
Hailed as “a light, silvery, bright soprano with impressive coloratura”(The Aspen Times), Hong Kong Soprano Vivian Yau has been voted “My Favorite Young Music Maker” on Radio Television Hong Kong by public audience. Ms. Yau holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, and a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Most recently, Ms. Yau performed the title role in the world premiere of Pierangelo Valtinoni’s “Alice in Wonderland” at the 2021 Hong Kong Arts Festival, a production co-commissioned by the Zürich Opera House and Yip’s Children Choir Hong Kong. Other highlights of Ms. Yau’s career include Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Aspen Opera Center and Mediterranean Opera Festival, her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Cecilia Chorus of New York, and soprano solo in Handel’s Messiah on Radio Television Hong Kong’s Annual Christmas Concert. Other operatic roles performed include Adele (Die Fledermaus), Tirésias (Les Mamelles de Tirésias), Asteria (Tamerlano), and Valentina Scarcella (Later the Same Evening).
An active advocate for opera as a powerful art form in the modern times, Ms. Yau frequently collaborates with contemporary composers. She has premiered operas, song cycles and other works of dozens of contemporary composers from all over the world. At the XVIII International Chopin & Friends Festival in New York City, Ms. Yau was featured as soloist in Jakub Polaczyk’s newly composed mass “Missa Apuncta”. In 2020, Ms. Yau performed the lead role of Cai Wenji in Chinese-American Composer Joan Huang’s solo chamber opera “Eighteen Melodies for Hu-Jia” with West Edge Opera, California. Ms. Yau has also filmed and produced a music video for her performance of George Crumb’s “Apparition”. Since the start of the global pandemic, Ms. Yau has participated in a range of digital performances, including Michael Ching’s “Zoom Speed Dating Tonight!” with the Janiec Opera Company of Brevard Music Center, as well as Ken Steen and Mary Birnbaum’s “APART/MENTAL” with #OperaHarmony and OperaVision.eu.
In the summer of 2021, Ms. Yau performs Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Opera Hong Kong.