Bass-baritone and conductor Apollo Wong, received his education in vocal studies at the University of California, Los Angeles under the supervision of Vladimir Chernov and Juliana Gondek. He has also studied with Sami Kustaloglu in Berlin.
Wong has sung operatic and musical roles including the Superintendent Budd and Bottom in Britten’s Albert Herring and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ariodate in Handel’s Serse, Frère Laurent and Le Duc in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Zuniga in Bizet’s Carmen, Barone Trombonok in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims, Colline and Benoit in Puccini’s La Bohème, Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Geppetto in Valtinoni’s Pinocchio, and Javert in Les Misérables, among others. He also sang in the Hong Kong Arts Festival’s world premiere productions of Dr. Chan Hing Yan’s Heart of Coral (Lu Xun) and Datong (Kang You Wei), and Jeffrey Ching’s Before Brabant (King Oryant/Markes). His concert and oratorio repertoire include Bach’s St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Faurè’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 “Symphony of a Thousand”, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, among others. He has sung under conductors such as Paolo Olmi, Renato Palumbo, Joseph Rescigno, Helmuth Rilling and Francois-Xavier Roth.
Wong has won first places in Palm Springs Opera Guild Vocal competition and the Pasadena Opera Guild Vocal Scholarship. His European debut was at La Fenice Sale Apollinee, Venice, Italy.
Being an active conductor, Wong has conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and also worked as Music Director of the Hong Kong Youth Choir and the Opera Hong Kong Children’s Chorus. He is currently Music Director of The Learners Chorus and The Learners Orchestra. Major works conducted include Magnificat by Bach and Rutter, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and Schicksalslied, Lully’s Te Deum, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” and Symphony No. 8 “Symphony of a Thousand”, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor and Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, Rossini’s Messa di Gloria and Stabat Mater, Tallis’ Spem in Alium, and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem and Quattro pezzi sacri.
He has been chorus masters for conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Helmuth Rilling and Edo de Waart; assistant conductor of maestro Bruno Aprea in Opera Hong Kong production of Puccini’s La Bohème, conductor of Opera Hong Kong Summer Opera Camp productions of The Magic Flute and The Pirates of Penzance and principal musical advisor of Hong Kong Children’s Choir musical Magical Beanland.