Opera Hong Kong Children Chorus
Established in January 2008, Opera Hong Kong Children Chorus (OHKCC) has grown to become a leading children’s chorus in Hong Kong. The mission of OHKCC is to educate, develop and inspire children to enjoy the beauty of opera and develop a commitment to excellence through singing and stage performances. In addition to staging its own concerts, OHKCC collaborates with renowned singers in grand-scale productions by Opera Hong Kong.
Members of OHKCC have ample opportunities to learn vocal techniques through performing a variety of music genres, from opera to musical and choral works, in both solo and ensemble settings, and master classes. They also learn to sing in the original language written in operas including English, German, Italian, and French. Through these activities, students can discover and nurture their musical gift while expanding their intellectual capacity and cultural horizon.
Students are placed in Pre-Junior, Junior, Senior or Advanced Classes according to their age and skills, in order to facilitate their learning with peers of compatible abilities. All classes are taught by qualified and experienced vocal coaches who have also received professional training in voice and/or choral conducting.
The repertoires of both junior-level and senior-level courses focus on operatic works from different musical eras. We also provide works from different musical genres such as folk songs, art songs, jazz, and pop, as well as musicals for all students with different interests.
About Opera Hong Kong
Founded in 2003 Opera Hong Kong (OHK) is Hong Kong’s first professional opera company. Over the years, the company has gone from strength to strength under the Artistic Director Warren Mok, the internationally acclaimed Hong Kong tenor. OHK has elevated opera in the Asia’s world city, with many world-class productions covering all major works in the operatic canon and has collaborated with opera houses and festivals including Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Taormina Opera Festival, Theater Erfurt, Opéra de Nice, National Centre for the Performing Arts and Shanghai Opera House.
In 2019, OHK was selected by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council as one of the three recipients of the coveted “Eminent Arts Group Scheme”. The Scheme’s consecutive 5-year funding has become a boost to further the company’s development.
OHK is committed to promoting the city’s brightest, young opera singers. In 2015, OHK launched the Jockey Club Opera Hong Kong Young Artist Development and Education Programme (the Programme), a three-year opera training programme designed to nurture ten young local artists. The success of the Programme led to its renewal by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust for another three years from 2019 to 2022, providing intensive training to 12 local artists.
OHK also places a strong emphasis on its education and community activities. Opera school tours, summer schools and master classes are held regularly to reach young audiences. The music centre in Wanchai provides a wide range of courses for early age children to adult in addition to Children Chorus classes. The OHK Chorus and the OHK Children Chorus were established in 2004 and 2008 respectively and are becoming recognised contributors on the local choral scene.
The recent development of the Greater Bay Area has created an environment for OHK to initiate more collaborations and bring the art of opera to a wider audience.
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