Ip Po-Ching, Soprano
Hong Kong soprano, Ip Po-ching’s major performances include being the featured soloist with José Carreras for the inaugural season of the National Centre of the Performing Arts, Beijing, China; Nedda in R. Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci and Cio-cio San in G. Puccini’s Madame Butterfly with MusicaViva, Hong Kong, and soprano soloist in her European debut at the Basilica di San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy in G. Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Miss Ip was the soprano soloist in J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass and Haydn’s Die Schöpfung under the baton of Maestro Helmuth Rilling.
Recently she performed Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nicholas McGegan. H. Villa-lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras No.5
in Verona and Cremona, Italy; and was guest soloist at the Shanghai World Exposition with Shanghai Opera House Orchestra and Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen with Le French May Festival Hong Kong.
Other operatic roles include Mimi in G. Puccini’s La Boheme under the direction of Bruno Aprea; Juliette in C. Gounod’s Roméo and Juliette under the direction of Paolo Olmi; Sophie in J. Massenet’s Werther, with Opera Hong Kong; Rose Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene with Singapore Lyric Opera; Gretel in E. Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with the Singapore Lyric Opera and Suor Genovieffa in G. Puccini’s Suor Angelica at the Macau International Arts Festival.
Other significant engagements include her debut in New York City and Toronto as soprano soloist in An-lun Huang’s Revelation; her debut with Macau Orchestra in the Macau Handover Anniversary Concert; C. Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Trancredi e Clorinda and J.S. Bach’s Kaffee Cantata at the Hong Kong Arts Festival; her debut with Singapore Symphony Orchestra performing Frasquita in G. Bizet’s Carmen and multiple performances with both the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Numerous concerts featuring Miss Ip have also been broadcast by Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK).
Ip’s concert repertoire has included J.S. Bach’s Cantata BWV 80
and B Minor Mass; F. Schubert’s Mass in Eb and Der Hirt auf dem Felsen; R.Schumann’s Auf dem Strom; J. Brahms’ Requiem; C. Saint-saen’s Christmas Oratorio; E. Mendelssohn’s Elijah; J. Rutter’s Requiem; G. Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle and Messa di Gloria; W.A. Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Requiem, Mass in c minor and Missa Brevis; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem; J.F. Handel’s Messiah, Dixit Dominus and L’Allgero ed il Penseroso; G.Verdi’s Requiem; G. Fauré’s Requiem; A.Vivaldi’s Gloria; L.Von Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Missa Solemnis and Mass in C; A. Bruckner’s Te Deum and Mass in f minor; H.Berlioz’s Mess Solenelle and soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No.8
Miss Ip obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree (Honors) from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and a Master of Music Degree from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, USA. Miss Ip is officially supported by the Muses Foundation for Culture and Education.