B i o g r a p h y
Hong Kong born pianist-tenor Felix Suen made his European operatic debut as Fenton in Nicolai's Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (Thüringer Landestheater Rudolstadt, Germany). Other operatic roles include Tamino (Conservatori Liceu) and Monostatos (Opera Hong Kong) in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte , Ferrando in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte (Lyric Opera Studio Weimar), Oronte in Handel's Alcina (Secret Opera, England), Leicester in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, Tybalt in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette and Ramendado in Bizet's Carmen (Musica Viva, Hong Kong). He performed for the Hong Kong Arts Festival as Stone in Dream of the Red Chamber by Bright Sheng, a co-production with the San Francisco Opera. Felix appears regularly as soloist in concerts where his repertoire include Bach’s Johannes-Passion BWV 245 (Evengelist and tenor solo), Handel's Messiah, and Mozart's Requiem K.626. He was awarded the first prizes in opera (2008) and art song (2005) classes at the Hong Kong Youth Singing Festival. As a chorister, he was a member of the Asian Youth Choir and London Symphony Chorus, and was the choral scholar at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel. He has also been featured as soloist at the The Hong Kong Arts Festival, New Vision Arts Festival, Hong Kong Bach Sacred Music Festival, Shanghai China Arts Festival, and Nipponia Niigata (Niigata Cultural Festival), Japan. He appeared as soloist in England, Germany (Weimar and Rudolstadt), Spain (Barcelona), Japan (Osaka, Kyoto, Takatsuki), China (Fuzhou, Macau, Shantou, Zhongshan), Taiwan (Taipei), and Malaysia (Bintulu, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Mira, Sibu). He took masterclass with Francisco Araiza, and his latest vocal mentors are Carlos Chausson and Ryland Davies.
As pianist, Felix is the 2nd prize winner of the 17th Osaka International Music Competition (Vocal recital course, piano collaboration). His collaboration with singers brought him to mainland China (Beijing, Changzhou, Hefei, Jiangyin, Macau, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wixi), Japan (Kobe, Tokyo, Yokohama) and Italy (Pavia). During his stay in England, Felix studied with Simon Crawford-Philips, and served as pianist in the vocal studios of Susan McCulloch and Laura Sarti. As a specialist in accompaniment and chamber music, Felix performed in the concert projects led by Graham Johnson and Iain Burnside. He gave performances extensively in London including the renowned Wigmore Hall, as well as in the former Trinity College of Music. He performed in all the main concert halls with most musical art organizations and universities in Hong Kong, as well as public medias shows and interviews. He also played the organ for City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and Musica Viva, and harpsichord continuo for Hong Kong String Orchestra. He was also invited to be the piano soloist for the film music of Ryuichi Sakamoto with the Modern Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong.
As vocal coach and repetiteur:
Felix is demanded as a vocal coach/repetiteur, and he attended short courses at the National Opera Studio, UK. He started as the assistant repetiteur at the Hampstead Garden Opera. Since then, he worked as repetiteur in productions of Hong Kong Arts Festival, Zuni Icosahedron, Opera Hong Kong, Musica Viva (Hong Kong) and More Than Musicals (Hong Kong). He was the music director of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology summer musicals 2009-2015 and vocal severing as coach and music director (appointed 2014) of the Opera Hong Kong Summer School from 2009. Over the years he has coached more than 30 opera and Broadway musical theatre productions. In 2017, He has re-arranged and conducted the performance of the abridged version of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel for the Opera Hong Kong Lunch Extravaganza and it was a great success. He coaches and prepares singers for operas, concerts and recitals in his teaching studio, ranging from amateur to young professionals.
As teacher and educator:
In teaching, Felix is experienced in leading music groups. He was the guest speaker (vocal performance) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Advanced Diploma), advance theory tutor of The Hong Kong Productivity Council (Electronic and Composition Diploma), and he gave workshops on collaborative music/vocal training for the Hong Kong Youth Choir, Intervarsity Music Ministry Camp, Resonance Chanters and also the Hong Kong Virtuoso Chorus. He directed the Hong Kong Baptist University Men's Choir (Department of Music) at the Hong Kong Baptist University, and was a part time lecturer of their vocal training class.
- Postgraduate Artist Diploma (vocal performance), Trinity Laban, London
- Master in Opera (performance), Conservatori Superior de Musica del Liceu, Barcelona
- Advanced Certificate (piano accompaniment), Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
- Master of Music (piano accompaniment), Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
- Bachelor of Arts (performance & pedagogy), Hong Kong Baptist University