"Dr. Stephen Ng began his selections with “Sweeter Than Roses” from Henry Purcell, accompanied by Dan K. Kurland. The music’s demands were well met with Dr. Ng’s sure technique in a highly polished performance. It was an auspicious beginning. Benedetto sia’l giorno and Pace non tovo from Liszt’s Tre sonetti del Petrarca, S.158 were then offered. These highly effective songs tax the pianist and the vocalist to the utmost in Liszt’s characteristic virtuosic writing. Dr. Ng was up to the challenge, with a soaring voice in the extreme registers that could be simply described as amazing. Mr. Kurland was commendable in his own right, navigating the challenges with skill. Nine selections from Clairières dans le ciel (Clearings in the Sky), a thirteen-song cycle taken from poet Francis Jamme’s Tristesses by Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) followed. Given the astonishing maturity of this work from Boulanger at age twenty, one cannot help but lament what might have been if not for her tragically early death at age twenty-four. Dr. Ng fashioned a performance that was mesmerizing from Elle était descendue au bas de la prairie to the ending, Demain fera un an. It is regrettable that Dr. Ng did not do the entire set, as he did in recital February 11, 2013 at West Chester University. It is a set that highlights his talents to the maximum, and I would highly recommend that any music lover hear him perform this song cycle. To close the program was Lensky’s Aria, Куда, куда вы удалились, весны моей златые дни (Where, where, have you gone, spring of my golden days?), from Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin. Dr. Ng’s performance of it closed with the same energy and commitment with which he began. He is a superb singer and one whom West Chester University can be proud to call their own.”

-- New York Concert Review/April 2013

“The world-class soloists were magnificent, but a special round of applause must go to tenor Stephen Ng, from the voice faculty of West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He specializes in the demanding role of the Evangelist, a narrator who propels the action, provides the context and ties together all of the elements. He is nothing short of glorious in this feat of vocal gymnastics and interpretation.”

-- The Gazette/March 2012

"Her (Dominique Labelle's) superb partner, tenor Stephen Ng has a powerfully expressive voice."

-- Washington Post/May 2009

"Stephen Ng, a tenor with an impressively eclectic resume, is simply superb in every respect. His voice is gorgeous and distinctive, and it rises to certain soft climaxes with impressive lyricism, yet when thundering high Cs are demanded in the climactic final song, those are delivered with unstinting vigor and freedom. He negotiates this complex score with rare assurance and musicality, and for the most part leaves the listener unaware of the vocal rigors that this score surely presents"

-- Journal of Singing May/June 2008
"Stephen Ng has a silky quality to his voice... in his solos and duets he demonstrated ample flexibility. Ng also showed an admirable ability to maneuver between the languid sentiments of the "Chanson pour Léandre,"... and the more jaunty strains of the "Chanson" from Act 2, scene 16, in which the lunatics celebrate the warden's departure.
-- San Francisco Classical Voice
"...a superb Evangelist or narrator in tenor Stephen Ng whose pure, high voice gave light and focus to the unfolding Christ story; his German, one should add, was flawless."
-- Herald-Times, Bloomington, Indiana
"All of the various arias and choral passages were linked together by the Evangelist, sung by Stephen Ng. This demanding role was met with brilliance and vitality; (he) kept the oratorio moving with consistent enthusiasm"
-- Bloomington Independent, Indiana
"The Master Chorale of South Florida celebrated its inaugural performances this weekend, climaxing in a heartfelt rendition of Mozart's Requiem Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in Coral Gables. The solid quartet of soloists included... Stephen Ng... displaying (an) attractive tenor."
-- The Miami Herald
"Tanglewood Music Center - The chamber music concerts at Ozawa Hall on Sunday mornings offer the opportunity to hear TMC fellows in pillars of the repertoire. What can be more appropriate for a Sunday morning than a Bach cantata? The moving, serene melodic beauty of Cantata BWV 157 was given an inspired performance by a particularly gifted TMC contingent, coached by John Harbison, once a renowned choral conductor and Bach specialist. Tenor Stephen Ng was agile in the score's coloratura flights in the upper register."
-- Music & Vision- www.lawrencebudmen.com
"...to have it (Bach's B Minor Mass) performed with the vocal & instrumental beauty it was given in Recital Hall this past weekend is to have had a special privilege. The choral work was excellent, sometimes brilliant. The evening's compelling soloists contributed significantly, these including tenor Stephen Ng."
-- HoosierTimes.com
"A winning new chamber ensemble gave its inaugural concerts over the weekend, and it proved as much a lesson on making good music as a blueprint for assembling talent from the region. The Elysium Chamber Orchestra and Chorus founded by two conductors, Alan Raines and David Hancock, offered... Mozart's Requiem. With an affecting quartet of vocal soloists - soprano Sherri Seiden, mezzo Desiree Maira, tenor Stephen Ng, bass-baritone Stephen Ozcomert - and a choir of 36, Raines delivered a stirring and often moving account of the Requiem. Elysium's Mozart, in the church's resonant acoustics, was among most satisfying offered in Atlanta in recent seasons."
-- Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Thank you again for your beautiful singing (The Bach Choir's Spring Concert in March 2008). It was a pleasure to have you with us in Bethlehem and I hope you return sometime soon."
-- Bridget George, Executive Director, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
"I would definitely recommend Stephen Ng as a tenor soloist. In a recent performance in Jacksonville of J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio, his rendition of two very difficult arias was outstanding. The fast flowing lines were sung with clarity, conviction and with excellent intonation, and the audience's reaction was very enthusiastic. I also heard him sing Schubert's Die Schöne Mülleri a few months ago with great sensitivity and dramatic flair."
-- Andrew Clarke, Music Director, Riverside Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, Florida
"Stephen's lyric tenor is beautiful, and his artistic facility to sing the cycle (Schubert's Die Schöne Mülleri) was marvelous."
-- Dr. Jeanie Darnell, Head of Vocal Studies, Bower School of Music, Florida Gulf Coast University
"...Kathryn Lukas (flute) was a vital presence during the aria "Let, O Prince of Holy Cherubs." The aria scored for tenor soloist, turns out to be more of a duet, with Lukas on flute having rivaled and partnered a nimble voiced Stephen Ng."
-- HoosierTimes.com
"Bach's Passion According to St. John... last Thursday at Emory... the solo roles were well cast to match the period-instrument orchestra. Soprano Julianne Baird, alto Nanette Soles, bass Thomas Barrett and tenor Stephen Ng each infused their arias with character.¡¨
-- Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The performer (Stephen Ng) presented a Schubert recital consisting of the Die Schöne Mülleri song cycle in a superlative performance."
-- Mr. Henson Markham, Friday Musicale, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida
"Thank you so much for the joy that you brought to us all at last Sunday's concert. Your music was superb, and the appreciation of all was apparent. We collectively are deeply appreciative."
-- Bob Miller, Winter Park Concert Series, Florida
"Stephen Ng did a fabulous job here (at St. Mark's Arts Series and the Community Concert Series of Riverside Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville) Sunday evening with 'Frohe Hirten' from the Christmas Oratorio."
-- Mr. Henson Markham, Friday Musicale, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida


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