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Dr. Jessica Chen Hsing An

Head of Studies, Vocal

Senior Lecturer

Music

Qualification

Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance,
University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Biography

First prize winner of the Asia Vocal Competition and Malaysia International Vocal Competition, Dr. Chen is a much sought-after opera singer. She frequently receives invitations to perform with eminent companies, notably Singapore Lyric Opera, Bangkok Opera Company and Taipei Symphony Orchestra. She has sung many roles, such as Maddalena, Carmen, Waltraute and Brangaene.

Since 2002, Dr. Chen has developed her career as a spinto / dramatic soprano in the roles of Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Princess Turandot in Turandot, Aida in Aida, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and Brünnhilde in Die Walküre. In 2011, she scored a success in the role of the Old Prioress in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites for Opera UCLA. She had participated in the 20th Anniversary of Singapore Lyric Opera at the Esplanade, and sung the soprano solo of Tai Ran Shao's 1947 Overture with Torrance Symphony Orchestra in California. She was also invited to sing Mahler's Symphony No. 8 for the 100th Anniversary National Celebration Day Concert in Taiwan in 2011. In 2012, she gained the DMA in Voice Performance at UCLA with the support from the Government of Taiwan and UCLA under the supervision of Dr. Robert Winter and Vladimir Chernov. In 2013, she participated in Beethoven Symphony No. 9 at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts 75th Anniversary Concert at the Esplanade under the baton of Mr Lim Yau.

Besides opera performances, Dr. Chen also performs as a concert singer. She has worked with many organizations such as the Choral Association in Singapore, the Hallelujah Oratorio Society, and Artist Platform. Her concert repertoire includes Bach's Magnificat, Haendel's Messiah and Judas Maccabaeus, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Mozart's C minor mass and Requiem, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Ninth Symphony, Mendelssohn's Elijah and A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mahler's Symphony Number 2 Resurrection, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Rutter's Magnificat and the Verdi Requiem.