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Summary of CV

Holds  a bachelor degree in Arts from Fu-Jen Catholic University in 1988 and a Masters degree in Music from University of North Texas in 1994. Scholarship recipient from the College of Music, University of North Texas.

 

Voice Professors and Coachesiwith whom she has worked:

Laura Muller, Juanita Peters, Harold Heiberg , Ralf Doering , Leandra Overmann,Thomas Grubb, Angelo Marenzi ,Felix Chiu-Sen Chen

Conductors and Directors with whom she worked:

Uri Mayer, Bernard Dekaise, Lim-Yau , Felix Chiu-Sen Chen, Jeremy Silver, Henry Gibbons, Chong- Min Lee, Robert Casteels, Henry Mezer, Kjell Seim, Wen- Ping Chien, Somtow Sucharitkul, Hugh Halliday, Bernhard Helmich, Tom Hawkes, Alain Wullschleger, Ricahrd Harrell, Andrea Ligeti

Orchestras with which she has worked:

National Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), National Symphony Orchestra (Malaysia), Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Fu-Jen Catholic University, Orchestra of Taipei National University of Arts, Orchestra of California State University, Bei-Jing opera and ballet Symphony Orchestra, Siam National Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Youth Symphony Orchestra.Taipei Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra.

In 1995, Miss Chen started her singing career as a mezzo-soprano. She has sung a wide range of operas and concerts. After seven years of singing performances as mezzo-soprano, Miss Chen developed successfully her repertoire as spinto soprano by singing Beethoven's Symphony no.9 in the year of 2001.

Prince Orlofsky from Die Fledermaus was her first operatic debut with National Symphony Orchestra of ROC and conducted by Uri Mayer. Since then, she has sung Filipievna in Evgeny Onegin (English version) with conductor Bernard Dekaise. In June 1997, she was invited by Singapore Festival of Asian Performing Arts'97 and performed Bunga Mawar (The Rose) --a world premiere opera, conducted by Lim-Yau. Later, for celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Singapore British Council, she has sung the role of Hippolyta in Britten's A Mid-summer Night's Dream with Singapore Lyric Theater.

In 1999, she sang the role of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and two Chinese operas, The White Snake and The Legend of Cheng-Kung Cheng. In 2000, Rigoletto's Maddalena was another new touch by Miss Chen. Carmen (concert version) was the following new roles. Beside the performances, she was also the first prize winner of Asia Vocal Competition and International Vocal Competition in Malaysia.

In 2001, Miss Chen gave a  successful performance with Taipei Symphony Orchestra as the soprano in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, which was major step towards Miss Chen's goals as a spinto soprano. Santuzza from "Cavalleria Rusticana" and Brangaene from "Tristan und Isolde" were another dramatic repertoire sung by Miss Chen in 2002. Princess Turandot was a big jump for her singing career which she did on Dec, 2003 in Malaysia. In 2004, Miss Chen was singing Princess Turandot for celebrating the Birthday of Thai Princess Galyani Vadhana. Later, she was engaged by singing Carmen with Pinang Arts Council. In 2005, Miss Chen was engaged with Bangkok Opera Company for singing Princess Aida. With the same year, she was invited to sing the gala concert of the 50th anniversary concert of YTL enterprise group in Malaysia. In 2006, she performed Donna Elvira from Don Giovanni with Taipei Symphony Orchestra and the charity concert for the King of Malaysia, Syed Sirajuddin. In 2007, Bruennhilde from Die Walkure is the role that she works with Bangkok Opera Company.

The opera role that she has sung:

1995

*Prince Orlofsky [Die Fledermaus] -with Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Uri Mayer (in Taiwan/1995)

1997

*Granny [Bunga Mawar/The world Prime]-with The Symphony Orchestra of The National Opera and Ballet of China conducted by Lim-Yau (in Singapore/1997)

*Hippolyta [A Mid-summer Night's Dream] -with The Symphony Orchestra of The National Opera and Ballet of China conducted by Lim-Yau (in Singapore/1997)

1999

*Suzuki [Madama Butterfly]-with Taipei Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra conducted by William Wu (In Taiwan /1999)

*Blue Snake (The White Snake Legend) - with National Symphony Orchestra of R.O.C. conducted by Song-Jen Shu

2000

*Maddalena [Rigoletto]-with Taipei Symphony Orchestra conducted by Felix Chiu-Sen Chen (In Taiwan /2000)

*Waltraute [Die Walkure] - with Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Wen- Ping Chien (concert version, In Taiwan /2000)

2001

*Suzuki [Madama Butterfly] - with Taipei Symphony Orchestra conducted by Felix Chiu-Sen Chen (In Taiwan /2001)

2002

*Suzuki [Madama Butterfly]-Outdoor Performance with Taipei Symphony Orchestra conducted by Felix Chiu-Sen Chen (In Taiwan /2002)

*Santuzza [Cavalleria Rusticana]-Outdoor Performance with Taipei Symphony Orchestra conducted by Felix Chiu-Sen Chen (In Taiwan /2002)

2003

*Brangaene [Tristan und Isolde] - with Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Wen- Ping Chien (In Taiwan /2003)

*Princess Turandot[ Turandot]-With Malaysia National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jeremy Silver( In Pinang & Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia /2003)

2004

*Princess Turandot [Turandot]-With Siam Symphony Orchestra conducted by Somtow Sucharitkul (In Bangkok /2004)

*Carmen [Carmen]-With Malaysia National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Casteels (In Pinang & Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia /2004)

2005

* Aida [Aida] - With Siam Symphony Orchestra conducted by Somtow Sucharitkul (In Bangkok /2005)

2006

*Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) - with Taipei Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrea Ligeti (In Taipei/2006)

2007

*Brunnhilde (Die Walkure) - With Siam Symphony Orchestra conducted by Somtow Sucharitkul (In Bangkok /2007)

Miss Chen's oratorio and concert repertoire include:

Magnificat (J.S.Bach)

Messiah& Judas Maccabaeus (Handel)

Stabat Mater (Pergolesi)

C minor mass & Requiem (Mozart)

Mass Solemnis and sym. NO.9 (Beethoven)

Neue Liebeswaltz & Liebeslieder Waltz (Brahms)

Elijah and A Mid-summer Night's Dream (Mendelssohn)

Resurrection (Mahler)

Stabat Mater (Rossini)

Requiem (Verdi)

John Rutter (Magnificat)

Competition

The first prize winner of Asia Vocal Competition in 2000.

The first prize winner of Malaysia International Vocal Competition in 2000.


Reviews:

(1) "her musicality used for the most subtle tone-painting, guaranteed to strike at the essence of the soul. Aida sings of her country in "O patria mia", and Chen sang movingly, with woodwinds cool as the night to lay bare the heat of the heart.

As Aida is told that she is a slave of the Pharaohs, and not her father's daughter, Chen shows the character's suffering intensify. Aida is being told by her Ethiopian father to have her lover, the Egyptian Radames, betray his country, and if Aida's emotional wounds are raw here, Chen's powerful singing and blazing passions ensured that Radames would fall for her seduction. The orchestra slowed down, sensuous heartbeats from the strings mated with the offspring of balmy winds, and the rapture of Chen's voice ensured that Radamaes cannot deny her demands for the hero of Egypt to be treacherous. Bravo! (Jonathan Richmond, special to The Nation)

(2)  Cavalleria Rusticana in a Taipei city square, again with Lavender, now fully recovered, plus a compelling Santuzza in Chen Hsing-an..

(Bradley Winterton, OPERA, March, 2003)

(3) Nadine Secunde as Isolde certainly had her moments, but she was matched by an exceptionally incisive and persuasive Brangaene from Taiwan's Hsing-an Chen.. (Bradley Winterton, OPERA, November, 2003)

(4)The Wagner Highlights - it was wonderful to hear again Jessica Hsing-an Chen and Chong-Boon Liau as the soloists. The former is a major talent currently bestowing her strengths on Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, where she should be taking major role in Europe and the US. Maybe this development will soon come to pass. (Bradley Winterton, 8 .Dec. Taipei Times, 2006)

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