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Xiang Ting Teng

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

Singaporean

Country:

Switzerland

Languages (fluent):

English, German, Chinese

Xiang Ting Teng - O luce di quest'anima

Singaporean soprano Teng Xiang Ting has been described as singing ‘to a standard befitting a consummate professional as she soared effortlessly through the demanding runs reaching dizzy heights’ (Ilkely Gazette, Yorkshire Times) and having a ‘pristine voice, powerful and supple, one to get totally tipsy with Bordeaux for’ (The Straits’ Times).

Xiang Ting is currently in her first year singing with the Swiss Opera Studio in Biel, Switzerland, where she was offered a scholarship to study for the 2017 – 2019 season, under the tutelage of mezzo-soprano Michelle Breedt. Prior to this, she obtained her Postgraduate Diploma Advanced Studies (Distinction) and Masters of Music (Distinction) from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK, studying with Mary Plazas and Louise Winter. Before embarking on full time studies in music in 2014, Xiang Ting read and qualified as a lawyer in Singapore whilst simultaneously learning singing with Jeong Ae Ree.

In 2012, Xiang Ting made her operatic debut as Adina with New Opera Singapore in their production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. Her performance was hailed by The Straits’ Times as the ‘Best Debut’ of 2012. Since then, her opera roles include the title roles of Dido in Dido and Aeneas (Purcell), Parasha in Mavra (Stravinsky), Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss), the Governess in Turn of the Screw (Britten), Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach) with New Opera Singapore. Whilst at the RNCM, she also sang the role of Papagena in Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), and recently in New York City she sang the role of Pamina in the same opera under the tutelage of renowned voice teacher Mark Oswald. In scenes, she has sung the roles of Alcina (Alcina, Handel), Regina (Mathis der Maler, Hindemith), Linda (Linda di Chamounix, Donizetti), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel, Humperdinck) and Aminta (Il re pastore, Mozart). In July 2017, she joined the Buxton Opera Festival as a young artist and sang in the chorus for Verdi’s Macbeth. Future engagements include her debut at the Theatres of Biel and Solothurn in Switzerland in 2019 singing the roles of Belinda and First Witch in Dido and Aeneas (Purcell).


Equally comfortable on the concert platform, Xiang Ting also performs regularly in the UK and internationally as a soloist. Her oratorio performances include the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, Handel’s L’allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’ Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Haydn’s Little Organ Mass, Gounod’s Messe solennelle de Sainte Cécile, Mahler’s 4th Symphony and Vivaldi’s Gloria.

Opera and oratorio aside, Xiang Ting is also an avid lover of song, and was recently selected to take part in the Oxford Lieder Festival Mastercourse in October 2017 with her piano duo partner, Victor Lim. She has sung in many recitals in the RNCM and around the UK, and has performed in the Wigmore Hall in London for the Tansy Davies: In Focus series, with the Huddersfield Music Society, and she was also part of the RNCM’s specialist song circle: the RNCM Songsters. She continues to look for opportunities to collaborate and improve her knowledge of song repertoire, and is fortunate to have received valuable coaching from song specialists including Helmut Deutsch, Ann Murray, Julius Drake, Roger Vignoles and Eugene Asti. Whilst in the UK, Xiang Ting also sang regularly with the BBC Daily Service Singers on the BBC Radio 4, and sang at the Ascension Day broadcast service 2017 at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London. Xiang Ting is a versatile singer with a wide-ranging musical appetite, and she developed an interest in early music whilst at the RNCM, where she regularly performed with the Almira Consort. She has also sung with the Huddersfield Bach Collegium, and will be singing in a masterclass with Leonardo García Alarcón, Argentinian conductor specialising in baroque music.


Apart from performing as a soloist, Xiang Ting is also deeply passionate about sharing her love of choral music and singing, and conducts and coaches choirs when she is in Singapore. In the UK, she has recently conducted the Women’s Voices choir at their debut concert in Manchester. The Women’s Voices is a charity group founded by the Olympias Music Foundation and Manchester City Council that supports and empowers women in difficult circumstances, particularly refugees, asylum seekers and victims of domestic violence.

Xiang Ting herself continues to sing in choirs and ensembles. She performed at the 2017 BBC Proms performance of Handel’s Israel in Egypt as part of the chorus in concert with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In the UK, she also performed with the Alteri Chamber Choir and the RNCM Chamber Choir. In 2015, she also took part in a public masterclass given by the Kings Singers at the RNCM. When in Singapore, she sings with the One Chamber Choir and continues to help as vocal coach when she is back. Together they have performed in countries like Portugal and the Philippines, where they obtained the First Prize in the Chamber Choir Category in the 2013 Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival. In 2011, she was also selected to represent Singapore in the inaugural session of the Asia Pacific Youth Choir held in Macau, China.

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