November 4, 2011

Soprano Hae Ji Chang, Artist Diploma Candidate, in Vocal Recital, Nov. 22 in NEC’s Jordan Hall

Will Sing Title Role of Giulietta in Opera Boston’s Production of Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi, April 27—May 1, 2012

Soprano Hae Ji Chang, A.D. ’12, will give audiences an opportunity to hear what that Boston Globe called a “voice full of silvery color and nuance,” when she gives an Artist Diploma recital, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. in NEC’s Jordan Hall. Her performance will also serve as a preview of her upcoming Opera Boston performances (April 27—May 1, 2012) of Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi. She will sing the part of Giulietta, one of the two title roles.  

The Jordan Hall concert is free and open to the public.

At NEC, the Korean soprano most recently sang the role of Pamina in the December 2010 production of The Magic Flute. That same year, she also sang Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at the Aspen Music Festival.  Later this month, she assumes the role of Marguerite in Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake, with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Marin Alsop in concert performances in Baltimore and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

A native of Seoul, South Korea, the 28-year old Chang is a student of Lorraine Nubar at NEC and previously earned a master's degree at Manhattan School of Music, where she performed the roles of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Lydie in Pénélope, and the title role in scenes from Maria Stuarda. Before coming to the United States to study, Chang received a Bachelor of Music degree and Master of Music degree from Seoul National University where she performed Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.

The soprano has won numerous awards and honors, including a Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges Grant Award, first prize in the Dong-A Music Competition, first prize in E-Hwa Kyung-Hyang Music Competition, second prize in Shin, Young-Ok Music Competition, and second prize in Schubert Lieder Competition.

Chang’s Jordan Hall program includes works of Handel, Mahler, Liszt, Respighi, Walton and several Korean composers. Her pianist is Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek.

Photo by Susan Wilson

Handel: Rejoice (from Messiah)
  Ablosung im Sommer
 Scheiden und Meiden
 Comment disaient-ils
 Oh! quand je dors
 Enfant, si j'étais roi

 Invito alla danza

D. Kim: Shin-Arirang (Korean art song)
I. Yoon: Swing (Korean art song)
 Through Gilded Trellises
 Old sir faulk

For further information, check the NEC Website or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122.  NEC’s Jordan Hall, Brown Hall, Williams Hall and the Keller Room are located at 30 Gainsborough St., corner of Huntington Ave. St. Botolph Hall is located at 241 St. Botolph St. between Gainsborough and Mass Ave.


Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory in Boston, MA offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 720 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world.  Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars.  Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide.  Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions.  On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, contemporary improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Programs and Partnerships Program, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors.  Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music, jazz, and contemporary improvisation.

NEC presents more than 900 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, century-old, beautifully restored concert hall.  These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz, contemporary improvisation, and opera scenes.  Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre or Paramount Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
Public Relations Manager
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115