UCSB Alumna Alice Chung ‘14 takes 2nd place in Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for Midwest Region

Alice ChungKorean-American mezzo-soprano and UCSB alumna Alice Chung ‘14 recently took 2nd place in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the Midwest Region, where she competed against eleven other professional singers from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. This past January, Ms. Chung was also named the winner of the Kansas City District for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
 
Ms. Chung has been praised for being a “force of nature” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and "soaring with impressive power" (KC Metropolis). This past summer, Ms. Chung participated in the prestigious Merola Opera Program in San Francisco, where she sang excerpts from The Ballad of Baby Doe as Augusta Tabor and Cavalleria rusticana as Santuzza in the Schwabacher Summer Concert. This past fall, Ms. Chung performed the role of Madame Larina in the new production of Eugene Onegin with Lyric Opera of Kansas City. She also sang Die Hexe in Hänsel und Gretel at the Conservatory of Music and Dance in Kansas City. Other roles include Eduige (Rodelinda), Sister Lillianne (Dead Man Walking), La zia Principessa and Zita (Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi), Mama McCourt (The Ballad of Baby Doe), Mrs. Grose (The Turn of the Screw), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Cecilia March (Little Women), and Mariana (Luisa Fernanda). Ms. Chung has also appeared with Pasadena Opera Guild, Opera Santa Barbara, OperaWorks, Chautauqua Opera, and Central City Opera. This spring, Ms. Chung sang the role of Giovanna (Rigoletto) for her final appearance as a Lyric Opera of Kansas City Young Artist, and this summer, she will return to Central City Opera in Colorado to cover Azucena in Il trovatore. Ms. Chung received a minor in music and a BA in sociology in 2014 from UC Santa Barbara, where she studied voice with Professor Benjamin Brecher and Dr. Linda Di Fiore.
 
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