ANG MEI FOONG
Mei Foong’s voice was described as mellow, dulcet and soothing to the listeners. A multiple awards and scholarships winner, she was trained at the National Taiwan Normal University under Prof. Ren Rong, Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia under Maestro Rebecca Berg, and the University of Melbourne under Merlyn Quaife. She is now a PhD candidate from University Putra Malaysia.
An award-winning soprano, she was a recipient of numerous academic scholarships during her study notably the "Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarships" (MIFRS) and "Melbourne International Research Scholarships" (MIRS) when she pursued her studies in the University of Melbourne. Other notable awards include the first prize winner of NTNU Vocal Concerto Competition of year 2002; 2nd prize winner of the Taiwan Rotary Club Artists' Awards of year 2002; the 8th prize winner, as well as a young artist
award of "Mondial Chinese Vocalists Concours 2003"; and "Silver Medal Winner Award - Outstanding Achievement" in the Global Music Award, Oct 2014; a prestigious award of The Order of Star of Italy, with the conferment of Knighthood (Ordine della Stella D'Italia, l'onorificenza Cavaliere) from Italy through the embassy of Italy in Malaysia in 2018; and most recently, the Golden Medal Award from the Berliner International Music Competition in Sep 2018.
As an active recitalist, Mei Foong has given several well received solo recitals in Kuala Lumpur, Taiwan, Macau, Rome and Melbourne, where she performed Robert Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben, Gabriel Faure’s La Bonne Chanson, Richard Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder, Aldo Finzi’s Art Songs, Alban Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder, Joseph Canteloube’s Chants d’auvergne, and appeared as the soprano soloist in Handel's Ode for St. Cecilia's Day, Handel's Messiah, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. She is the founder and artistic director of The Song Weavers, the Malaysian first vocal ensemble that is dedicated to the performance and programming of Art Songs.
She has collaborated with a few major orchestras and ensembles in Malaysia, which include both the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), and the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO), and the Virama Ensemble. She has worked with the conductors such as Lee Kok Leong, David Chin, Juan Montoya, Kevin Field, Ciarán McAuley, Fabio Mechetti, Sergio La Stella and Guillaume Tourniaire.
In 2013, Mei Foong made her Malaysia opera debut playing the title role in Bizet's opera Carmen with the EST opera company (now known as KL City Opera, KLCO), which had been received warmly at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her other recent theatrical performances included “the mother” in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors with KLCO in 2014, and both the roles “Carmen” and “Mercedes” in Bizet’s Carmen with MPO in 2015; In 2016, she performed with KLCO as Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème with KLCO in Aug 2016, and most recently The First Lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with MPO in Jan 2017. Her upcoming opera engagement include the Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with KLCO in Oct 2017.
Mei Foong's love to contemporary music always led her to work closely with the contemporary composers. She actively involved in the Malaysian contemporary music industry and had given world première to the vocal works by the Malaysian composers along with many internationally acclaimed musicians and orchestra, including MPO and the Society of Malaysian Contemporary Composers (SMCC). She has had vocal works composed specifically for her and dedicated to her.
While enjoying her busy performance career, she is also an active researcher in the field of voice rehabilitation, specifically for patients with chronic diseases. Her present research work
looks into the effects of singing on people with Parkinson’s Disease. She is also a columnist in the local Chinese press, Sin Chew Daily.
"Ang Mei Foong's voice is simply powerful, incredible and mind blowing. Everyone was mesmerized
by her voice... She is a true inspiration."
Alice Lee Myles
"Ang Mei Foong, a Lirico soprano, delivered euphonious melodies with lovely poignant qualities
which were mellow, dulcet and soothing to the listener.
Her rendition of "Tacea la notte" from Verdi's "Il Trovatore" was well controlled and even though sung in Italian immediately conveyed the mood of the aria through her heartfelt interpretation."