Soprano Jeong Ae-Ree has enjoyed considerable success as a performer and singing teacher since arriving Singapore in 1997. Upon obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree and then Master’s Degree in Music Performance, she furthered her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria.
Well known as a recitalist and orchestra soloist, her performances have been critically acclaimed by The Straits Times, which described her as a “dynamo…with an intimacy and flexibility of tone, coupled with loads of personality”. Her vast repertoire covers a very wide period from the Renaissance to the present day and past recitals include “Sweeter than Roses”, “Kaddish”, “Cruel Amour” and “Birds of Paradise” amongst others. Solo appearances with orchestras such as Familiar Favourites with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony with the Orchestra of Music Makers.
Ae Ree has also been very successful teacher. Her students’ numerous achievements include first prize at international music competitions, with many of them furthering their voice studies at prestigious international music schools namely the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal college of Music (London), The Manhattan School of Music (New York) and the Oberlin College of Music. She was also a member of the voice faculty of School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA) from 2007 to 2014.
Ae Ree is currently the artistic director of New Opera Singapore, a company she founded in 2011 to create a platform for local singers to showcase their talents in professional productions, and also to make opera accessible to the community. To date she has produced the company’s highly successful productions of L’elisir d’amore, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Die Fledermaus, Britten’s The Turn of the Screw as well as the Opera Comique series.