Discussion with the Creative Team for Pomme d’api

Date: May 4, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 10:30 AM
Venue: Shaw Auditorium

[Event postponed due to Covid-19.]

Following the performance of Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Pomme d’api live at HKUST, the artistic team comes to discuss their approach to staging an opera in Hong Kong and reviving this forgotten Romantic classic. They will discuss their creative process as well as the challenges and rewards of making opera.

Artistic Team 

Marco Iannelli, Music adaptation and Direction 

Peter Gordon, English dialogue and Stage Direction 

Etta Fung, soprano 

Chen Yong, tenor 

Isaac Droscha, baritone


Marco Iannelli is an award-winning Italian composer, musicologist and educator living in Hong Kong. He has worked with Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence), the Opera Berlioz (Montpellier), and Deutsche Oper (Berlin). His compositions have been played around the world: Milan, Rome, Paris, San Francisco, the Athens Olympics and Hong Kong. He was most recently music director for the Italian Cultural Institute’s October 2019 production of Waitress on Top, a Hong Kong retelling of Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona.


Peter Gordon has been active in Hong Kong opera, drama and literary circles for two decades, including a previous Le French May outing in 2015. He wrote the dialogue and directed Waitress on Top, as well as two one-act operas, including Wolf-Ferrari’s Il Segreto di Susanna, at Macau’s Teatro Dom Pedro V. He has been named Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia for his work in local opera.


Etta Fung is one of Hong Kong’s leading coloratura sopranos. Known for her acting as well as her singing, she recently created the roles of Serpina in the Italian Cultural Institute’s production of Waitress on Top and of Keiko in the world premiere of Elena Langer’s Beauty and Sadness. She has sung widely in both Europe and the United States.


Chen Yong has performed leading roles including Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, and Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème. He has performed with Opera Hong Kong, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Hong Kong Arts Festival as with Les Chorégies d’Orange and Opera Shanghai.


Isaac Droscha frequently performs leading baritone roles in Hong Kong, most recently Uberto in Waitress on Top, Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow, and Conte Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. He frequently performs in recital and teaches at HKUST.

Date: May 4, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 10:30 AM
Venue: Shaw Auditorium