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Lecture Series on Verdi & Wagner

Venue Date & Time Price
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum
4-25.9.2013 (Every Wed, 4 lectures in total) 19:30$50

About the Lectures

Share the insights of tenor David Quah on the vocal music world of the two opera greats – Verdi and Wagner, complete with live demonstrations together with pianist Timmy Tsang.  This lecture series takes the audiences into the vocal music world of Verdi and Wagner, the two most influential opera composers of the 19th century.  Their musical output has left a rich legacy, taken roots not only in their own cultures but has spread far and wide, and is still making an imprint in the international music world of today.  We will listen to some of Verdi’s songs in comparison to his contemporaries.  We will also take a look at Verdi’s more well-known ‘tunes’, and why and how they are still popular.  We then turn to Wagner’s non-operatic works, and see how they became studies for his operas.  Last but not least, we will explore the various myths that so attracted Wagner, forming the backbone of some of his most important music dramas.


4 Sep: Songs of Verdi & Composizioni da camera – A Comparison to Works by Donizetti, Bellini & Rossini

Although his songs output is not as abundant as his operas, Verdi’s songs still hold a prominent place in the recital repertoire.  How different are they compared to works of his Italian contemporaries – Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini?

11 Sep: Hits of Verdi – Arias & Choral Pieces

We might not realize that some of the tunes that we hum along to, or thought that they sound very familiar, were actually penned by the maestro.  Let’s find out how Verdi’s simple tunes became the ever popular melodies that we all know today.

18 Sep: Non-operatic Works of Wagner

Wesendonck Lieder and Siegfried Idyll are the two non-operatic works of Wagner that are still performed regularly.  We will take a look at the lieder and the symphonic poem, and how Wagner used them as his “studies” for the operas Tristan und Isolde and Siegfried.

25 Sep: Wagner and Myths

We will delve into the mythical themes of Wagner’s operas and explore how the maestro lifted our emotions to such height and with such force.

About the Speaker

Speaker/Tenor: David Quah

Piano: Timmy Tsang

David Quah   


Winner of the coveted Marianne Mathy Australian Singing Comopetition, Malaysian born David Quah made his professional debut singing Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Opera Queensland.  He came back to Hong Kong in 2000 and started teaching singing and coaching at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.  He regularly performs in Southeast Asia and is very active in the local music scenes.

David has also appeared on concert platforms in various places including Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, France, the UK and the USA.  He has given many recitals with repertoire ranging from Baroque music to contemporary works, Chinese folk songs to Broadway musical numbers.  David is currently Chairman of Bel Canto Singers.



Timmy Tsang


Timmy Tsang studied piano performance and accompaniment with Gabriel Kwok at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (Piano Performance) with First Class Honours and a Professional Diploma (Opera Repetiteur/Accompanist) with Distinction.  He has been the repetiteur for various operas such as Don Pasquale, Una Cosa Rara, Die Zauberflöte, La Bohème, Aïda, Die Fledermaus, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica and L’Elisir d’Amore.  He has conducted workshops on piano accompaniment for the Alliance Bible Seminary, the Baptist Theological Seminary and the HKAPA Excel Summer Piano Festival, and worked with the Academy’s visiting conductors and musicians, including Sir Neville Marriner, Lazlo Heltay, Georg Tintner, John Mattheson, Constantine Kitsopolous, Thomas Woods, Enza Ferrari, Malcolm Bilson and Geoffrey Pratley.  Tsang is also very active as a collaborative pianist with singers.  He has made numerous concert appearances and radio recordings with very distinguished singers in Hong Kong.  Recent performance highlight includes the radio recording with tenor Stephen Ng performing Benjamin Britten’s Winter Words and Janáček’s Diary of a Vanished One.  Tsang now works fulltime at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts as Lecturer (Vocal and Academic Studies), teaching aural training.  He is also a voice coach at the Academy.



Tickets available from 2 August onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and Telephone Credit Card Booking.

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).

Lecture Series Package Discount

For each purchase of standard tickets for Lecture Series on Verdi & Wagner:

5% off for 2 lectures; 10% off for 3 lectures; 15% off for all 4 lectures.

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.

Programme Length

Running time of each lecture is about 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission.


Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009

Telephone Credit Card Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

The presenter reserves the right to change the programme, substitute speaker and performer should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.


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