Praised for her “effective performances” (The Vancouver Sun) and “rich tone” (Musical Notes Vancouver), mezzo-soprano, Debi Wong is fast establishing herself as a dynamic and unique performer.
Her recent performances include Love and Death in Venice with Montreal’s Les Voix Baroque, the role of Venere in Monteverdi’s Il Ballo delle Ingrate with Stephen Stubbs and the Early Music Guild of Seattle, the 1610 Vespers with Alexander Weimann and the Early Music Vancouver, Bach’s St. John Passion with the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bruce Pullan, and Messiah with the New Haven Symphony.
Past performances include: Bach’s Singet Dem Herrn and Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott with Masaaki Suzuki (Bach Collegium Japan), Bach’s B Minor Mass conducted by Simon Carrington (King Singers, Yale Schola Cantorum) and Handel’s Te Deum and Haydn’s Salve Regina conducted by Nicholas McGegan, and she was also heard on the discovery series at the Oregon Bach Festival performing Bach’s Christmas Oratorio under the direction of Helmuth Rilling.
As well as performing and studying early music, Debi is also an active recitalist. Recent collaborations include “Sweet and Low: The Songs of George Gershwin and Dana Suesse” with world renowned pianist, Sara Davis Buechner, Schumann’s “Sechs Gedichte und Requiem” with internationally acclaimed pianist, Ted Taylor, “The Complaint of a Forsaken Lover” with Canadian Harpsichordist Christopher Bagan, and “La Femme Fatale” with her collaborative pianist, Margit Juhasz.
In 2008, Debi received her Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia where she was awarded the Catherine Cooke-Topping Medal for musical excellence. Debi is also a recent graduate from the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, where she received her Master’s in Music in Voice, and the 2010 Margot Fassler award for her performances in Sacred Music.
Debi currently resides in Helsinki, Finland where she is pursuing her Doctor of Music at the Sibelius Academy. Last season, Debi teamed up with Norwegian lutenist Solmund Nystabakk to create the ensemble, White Sparrow. The duo has appeared on many concert series in Helsinki and in 2012 was awarded 1st place in the NORDEM EAR-ly competition for young early music ensembles in the nordic countries. In their 2012 – 2013 season, White Sparrow will debut in Sweden, Canada and the USA. To learn more about Debi’s work with White Sparrow, please click here.