Martin Ng - The Italian Baritone
Singapore-born, Italy based operatic baritone Martin Ng returns with a second concert, with a programme arias and duets from Romantic Italian operas by Verdi, Puccini and their contemporaries.
“The Italian repertoire has always been always close to heart. For this concert, I want to showcase some of the most beautiful music for the baritone voice in the Romantic repertoire by the great Italian composers including Verdi, Puccini and a tinge of verismo.
I am particularly excited and grateful for the opportunity to present Verdi's sublime music for his baritone leads for my friends and audiences in Singapore. Performing his music is always a risky endeavour as its difficulties and audiences' expectations are immense. Nonetheless, with adequate preparation, I believe that I can rise to the occasion.
One could not ask for better partners than Boris Kraljevic and Li Jie to help me present my vision of this concert. I look forward to seeing you there!”
- Martin Ng
Boris Kraljevic - Piano (Montenegro / Singapore)
Li Jie - Soprano - (China / Singapore / Germany-based)
- 'Pura siccome un angelo' – duet from La Traviata by Verdi
- 'Silvio! A quest'ora' – duet from I Pagliacci by Leocavallo
- 'Mio figlia! ... Ah mio padre' – duet from Rigoletto by Verdi
- Conte di Luna and Leonora's duet from Il Trovatore by Verdi
- 'Cortigiani vil razza dannata' - aria from Rigoletto by Verdi
- 'Tu che sei gel cinta' – aria from Turandot by Puccini
Check out Martin's performance in Montenegro with Boris on the piano:
Li Jie performing an operatic aria by Korngold:
About Martin Ng
Born in Singapore and graduated in Voice at the Conservatorio dall'Abaco di Verona. Studied under Joy Chen, Rudolf Knoll, Sergio de Bari,Chu Tai-Li and currently with baritone Stefano Anselmi. Winner of the Singapore Lyric Opera International Singer of the Year Award, the 6th Rassegna Concertistica ‘Città di Montichiari' in 2011 and finalist in the 1st Jole de Maria International Singing Competition.
Martin's operatic performances include
Colline in La Boheme, Ferrando in Il Trovatore, Angelotti in Tosca with Opus One Opera (UK),
Dottore Grenvil in La Traviata with the Opera San Daniele (Italy),
Timur and Ping in Turandot, First Nazarene in Salome ,Sarastro in Die Zauberföte, Il Commandante and l'Oste in Puccini's Manon Lescaut, Masetto in Don Giovanni, The Imperial Commissioner and Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, King Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Gian Carlo Menotti) with the Singapore Lyric Opera.
In 2013 Martin made his debut with the Florence Maggio Fiorentino as Sleep and Corydon in Purcell's The Fairy Queen. In 2014 he sang Don Bartolo in Rossini's Barber of Seville with the Teatro Comunale di Guastalla, First Soldier in Strauss' Salome with the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, and Zaccaria in concert performance of Verdi's Nabucco under Maestro Marcello Mottadelli in Monza, Milano. He also sang the role of Bauer in Schoenberg's Gurrelieder for the National Symphony Orchestra's 2015 New Year Concert.
In 2015 Martin sang the title role in Viktor Ullmann's Der Kaiser von Atlantis at Milan's Teatro Rosetum, Silvio in Leoncavcallo's I Pagliacci with the Teatro Sociale di Trento and the Singapore Lyric Opera, Marco in Gianni Schicchi with the Singapore Lyric Opera and Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Bologna. He also sang the role of Don Alfonso in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte with Taiwan’s Creation Opera at the National Theatre of Taiwan. He is slated to perform the title role of Richard Wagner's The Flying Dutchman by the Richard Wagner Association Singapore and OperaViva in October.
About Boris Kraljevic
Boris Kraljevic completed his graduate and postgraduate studies (Master of Arts) at the State Conservatory Tchaikovsky in Moscow, Russia, in the class of Professor Lev Naumov. During his education he won the National Piano Competition in the former Yugoslavia three times and became a laureate of international competitions. He has performed recitals and concerts with distinguished artists and ensembles in prestigious concert halls such as Musikverein in Vienna, Concert Hall of Moscow Conservatory Tchaikovsky, Palace of United Nations in Geneva, Cairo Opera House, Teatro Solis in Montevideo, Cultural Center of Buenos Aires, Rudolfinum Concert Hall - Dvorak Hall in Prague, Concert Hall of Slovak Philharmonic, Opera House in Ho Chi Minh City, Seoul Arts Center and KUMHO Concert Hall in capital of South Korea, as well in KIOI Concert Hall in Tokyo.
Boris Kraljevic resides in Singapore where he is teaching since 2006. He is Artistic Director of the International Festival Dani muzike in Herceg Novi, Montenegro, Artistic Director of Medan International Piano Competition, Indonesia and Honorary member of Council of the International Seoul Summer Music Festival in South Korea. Under his guidance many students received accolades and became laureates of prestigious piano competitions such as "Gina Bachauer", "Eastman Young Artists Piano Competition", "Carl Czerny", "Smetana Piano Competition", "Concertino Praga", national piano competitions in countries of the former Yugoslavia, Singapore and other countries in Asia. The Spanish label KNS Classical released two CD’s of Boris Kraljevic playing pieces of W.A.Mozart and the Late Piano works of Johannes Brahms. He is a professor in demand for masterclasses at music conservatories worldwide and often sits in the jury of international piano competitions.
About Li Jie
Li Jie is born in Jiangsu, China, and graduated in vocal studies at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. During her vocal studies in Singapore, she has studied under Mr Lim Shieh Yih, Ms Jessica Chen, Ms Joyce Khoo Siew Gim and Mr Yu Ji Xing. In October 2013, Li Jie studied vocal under Prof. Arthur Janzen and Prof. Michaela Krämer in Germany. Currently is studying for a Master of Vocal Pedagogy at the Peter-Cornelius-Konservatorium der Stadt Mainz in Germany under Joachim Keuper, she is also an intern vocal teacher with the conservatory.
A multiple competition prize winner, Li Jie has been awarded the special prize and 3rd prize at the RuGao Television Competition for Singers in China in 2011, 2nd prize winner of the NAFA-Tan Ngiang Ann Memorial Vocal Competition in 2012 and Bronze Prize at the Youth Professional Division at 5th Bangkok Opera Singing Competition in 2013.
Li Jie sang Mrs Meg in Verdi’s opera Falstaff in 2011, performed as the maid of Donna Elvira of opera Don Giovanni by Mozart in February 2012 with the Singapore Lyric Opera, and is a soloist for a production of Opera Scenes by NAFA in March 2012.
She has also sung in many concerts as a soprano soloist. Her concert experience includes the First Singapore Youth Concert Singapore, Music Exchange Concert in Taiwan, a concert of Schubert Lieder in Singapore, the Love Philosophy Concert Series in Singapore, Christmas Concert in Hamburg, Germany, Singing in the Alte Nikolaikirche in Frankfurt Germany and a concert of Klassenabend Gesangsklasse Keuper in Mainz Germany. In May 2013, she held her graduate solo recital at Lee Foundation Theatre in Singapore. In August 2015, she was invited to stage her first solo concert in Rugao China. On 3rd August 2016, Li Jie organised and sang in an International Concert in Antoniussaal in Duesseldorf Germany.
~ Come paride vezzoso from L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti)
~ Resta immobile from Guglielmo Tell (Rossini)
~ In der Fremde (Schumann)
~ Cruda funesta smania from Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)
~ Signore ascolta from Turandot (Puccini)
Martin and Li Jie:
~ Duet: Pura siccome un angelo from La Traviata (Verdi)
~ Pietà rispetto e amore from Macbeth (Verdi)
~ Ah! Pescator from La Gioconda (Ponchielli)
~ S. Rachmaninov: Musical moment in D Flat Major, Op 16 No 5
~ S. Rachmaninov: Etude-tableaux in C Sharp Minor, Op 33 No 9
Martin and Li Jie:
~ Duet: Figlia! Mio padre from Rigoletto (Verdi)
~ Cortigiani vil razza dannata from Rigoletto (Verdi)
~ Meine Lippen by Lehar
~ Nemico della patria from Andrea Chenier (Giordano)
Martin and Li Jie:
~ Udiste...Mira di acerbe lagrime from Il Trovatore (Verdi)
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