The Republic of China Centennial
Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours Concert
translated by Bevin Chu
May 15, 2011
Talented singers previously discovered by the Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours will perform in a live concert commemorating the 100 anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China. Included will be well-known patriotic songs about the Huanghuagang Uprising, the Xinhai Revolution, and the War of Resistance Against Japan. The performers will pay tribute to the perseverance of the Chinese people and to the suffering endured by the nation since its founding a century ago. The Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours is the brainchild of Mr. Ma Ying-jeou. It has been held six times over the past 14 years. It has discovered and nurtured talented Chinese singers in Italy, Great Britain, the United States, Poland, France, Australia, Germany, Argentina, and all over Asia.
This year marks the nation’s 100th anniversary. The Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours has invited past award winners, from home and abroad, to participate. They will perform well-known Chinese and foreign songs, as well as patriotic songs commemorating the spirit of the Huanghuagang martyrs, the Xinhai Revolution, and the War of Resistance Against Japan, encouraging people to remember the past and fight for the future. The music world is holding this event to celebrate the nation’s centennial. Since its founding, the Republic of China has endured epic struggles. It nearly perished from the earth. These moving and provocative songs, which express its troubled fate, will be performed by award-winning Chinese singers, and accompanied by the highly-skilled Taipei Central Choir and the Kaohsiung Taiwan Choir. Together they will honor of the nation’s difficult birth and rise to prosperity.
Current and past winners of the Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours, from home and abroad, will be accompanied by renowned pianists from Europe. This international cultural exchange will enhance the quality of the performances, commemorate the founding of the nation, and encourage greater appreciation of the music. Performances will be held in major cities in northern, central, and south Taiwan. Three performances will be held: one in Taipei, one in Taichung, and one in Tainan. Outstanding singers with a wealth of onstage experience will be joined by world-class accompanists in this rare international event.
The program will include solo and group performances. Patriotic songs about the Huanghuagang Uprising, the Xinhai Revolution, and the War of Resistance Against Japan will express our people’s determination to establish a free republic, and their fighting spirit amidst national suffering. Contemporary Chinese songs will encourage future creativity. Classic international songs will include arias from famous Western operas, Chinese and foreign art songs, and traditional and creative folk songs.
Three concerts will be held. The first in Taipei, at Zhongshan Hall, with the the Taipei Symphony Orchestra (December 10 7:30 pm), The second in Taichung, with the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra (December 11 2:30 pm). The third in Tainan, at the Tainan University Ya Ying Hall (December 12 7:30 pm). Admission to the three concerts is free. Past winners of the Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours will perform. They include:
Xu Linqiang is a tenor from the United States. He was a first prize winner in the first Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours. He has performed at numerous world-class venues, including the Royal Opera House, the Vienna State Opera, the Polish National Opera, the New York City Opera, and the Rome Opera House.
Fu Shang-chen is a soprano from Taiwan. She was a first prize winner in the second Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours. She teaches at the Taipei Municipal University of Education.
Wang Dongjuan is a baritone from Beijing. He was a third prize winner in the third Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours. He was a first prize winner in the British International Competition, and currently performs with the Deutsche Staatsoper.
Chou Po-ku is a tenor from Taipei. He was a rookie prize winner in the fifth Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours. He was a third prize winner in last year’s International Francesco Paolo Tosti Singing Competition in Japan. He is currently a graduate student at National Taiwan Normal University.
Keng Li is a soprano from Kaohsiung. She was a second prize winner in the sixth Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours. She was awarded a Tosti MasterClass Scholarship, and is currently studying music at the Rome Music Research Institute.
Liu Meng-chieh is a soprano from Taipei. She was a rookie prize winner in the sixth International Francesco Paolo Tosti Singing Competition. She was awarded a two year Tosti Institute scholarship. She is a member of the Italian Provincial Opera Performance Group, and was awarded the young singer prize at the International Francesco Paolo Tosti Singing Competition in Italy.
Chao Fang-hao is a baritone from Penghu. He was a rookie prize winner in the fifth Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours. He has performed in numerous operas in Germany. He is currently attending the Liszt Academy of Music in Weimar, Germany.
Li Nan is a soprano from Shenyang. He was a winner of the creative song prize in the sixth Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours. He is currently working towards his Masters degree at the Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory of Music.
Hong Meifeng is a soprano from Malaysia. She was a rookie prize winner in the fourth Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours. She was awarded a Sydney Academy of Music Scholarship. After graduation, she returned to Malaysia to teach at the University of the Arts.
Wang Xin is a tenor from Shandong. He was a first prize winner in the fifth Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours. He has been awarded a one year contract with the Marseille City Opera in France. He has also been admitted to the French National Opera in Strasbourg. He is currently performing in France and Germany.
Appendix: The Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours
President Ma Ying-jeou inaugurated the Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours in 1997, when over two hundred Chinese business and cultural figures were attending an annual Sino-European conference in Milan. The purpose of the Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours is to promote cultural exchanges and to encourage young singers the world over. The Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours enables contestants to register free of charge and to win generous prizes. The judges are well-known professionals. Accompanists are provided to contestants free of charge, providing young singers the opportunity to compete fairly on an international stage. The Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours has been held six times over the past 14 years. The competition is internationally renowned. The competition has enabled many prize winners to jump start their singing careers. Since then they have been able to perform in major concert halls in Europe, America, and Asia, to pursue advanced studies, or to teach. Most have gone on to achieve enormous success. Their experience shows that the Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours is a stepping stone to success for young Chinese singers.
This year marks the nation’s 100th anniversary. Three Winners Concerts were held one after another, right after the Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours. One concert was held in Taipei, one in Taichung, and one in Tainan. Both rookies and veterans were accompanied by prestigious pianists. Local choral groups joined in and performed well-known art songs. Patriotic songs commemorated the spirit of the Huanghuagang martyrs, the Xinhai Revolution, and the War of Resistance Against Japan. The event provided the music world with a celebration of the nation’s centennial.