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Special notice


In view of the latest situation of COVID-19 and uncertainties in global business travels, along with discussions with our tour presenters, performing venues and related partners, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s (HK Phil) tour to Japan and Korea, originally have been rescheduled to a later time of the year, now has been cancelled.

The HK Phil, Music Director Jaap van Zweden, our Board of Governors as well as the administration put the health and well-being of our audience, players and staff at the forefront of our priorities. We sincerely hope that the orchestra’s home city, as well as other parts of the world, will recover soon and overcome the current challenging situation. The orchestra and its Music Director Jaap van Zweden look forward to performing for audiences in Japan and Korea in the near future.

The HK Phil would like to thank our tour presenters in Japan and Korea, our performing venue partners, as well as sponsors, for their support.
Ticket holders for the affected concerts, please visit websites of relevant performing venues for ticketing assistance.

Aurhelia Varak

Aurhelia Varak

French mezzo-soprano Aurhelia Varak has just come from Marseilles, France, where she gave the European premiere of the Canta-Concerto for mezzo and orchestra by Marc Neikrug with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille. Varak has performed with the HK Phil in the Ring Cycle as Wellgunde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, and as Siegrune in Die Walküre. Upcoming staged opera performances include the role of Gemma in Benjamin Godard’s Dante at the Opera de St Etienne.


She has performed Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Été in Qingdao, China, an Italian Opera Gala in Geneva, and the title role in Carmen (Opera Hong Kong), Carmen in Shanghai and on tour in north-east China with Shanghai Opera, and Carmen in Brazil.


Other performances have included Siebel (Faust) and La Muse/Nicklausse (The Tales of Hoffmann) for Opera Hong Kong, Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Sesto (GiulioCesare) at Glimmerglass Opera, New York, and the roles of Bergere, Chatte, Chauve-souris and Ecureuil in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. In 2015 she sang Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn at the Season Opening Concert of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille and Rossini’s Stabat Mater at Valencia’s Palau de la Musica. Other projects include a series of concerts in Italy and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.


Aurhelia Varak holds a vocal performance degree from the Conservatorium in Amsterdam and has studied with Renata Scotto in Rome and with Shirley Verrett in Siena, Italy. She won 2nd Prize at the 2011 Leoncavallo International Singing Competition in Italy. She was the recipient of a 2005 grant from the Wagner Foundation in Venice.