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Michael Ching is a composer of operas and vocal music. He was the Artistic Director of Opera Memphis from 1992-2010. This site carries a variety of Mr. Ching’s art songs and arrangements. The arrangements include spirituals, American folk songs, and Italian songs available via (pdf). This site has Michael's settings of four of the Arie Antiche, including "Per la gloria," "Caro mio ben," "Non posso disperar," and "Se Florindo e fedele," as well as his settings of three of Petrarch's Sonnets. Also available is his popular setting of the spiritual "Hold on" recorded by Clare Gormley for ABC Classics and also by Kenneth Overton. Michael's new operas, ANNA HUNTER and ALICE RYLEY had their premieres in November 2017 and October 2015 at the Savannah VOICE Festival.  In 2018-2019, Michael has premieres at Palm Springs Opera Guild, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and mini operas at Savannah Voice Festival and Utah Opera.

His opera for the Janiec Opera of Brevard Music Center, SPEED DATING TONIGHT! (2013) has been a hit, with over sixty productions since the  premiere. Upcoming productions in 2018-19 include Amarillo Opera, Northern State University, Oklahoma Central University, University of Arizona, and SUNY-Potsdam.

Another opera, BUOSO'S GHOST (ECSchirmer), is a sequel to GIANNI SCHICCHI. BUOSO has been performed many times and will be performed in 2017-18 at SUNY-Potsdam, University of Central Florida, and OperaDelaware. Michael's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, opera a cappella, was premiered in 2011 by Opera Memphis, Playhouse on the Square, Deltacappella and Riva. An original cast recording is available on Albany Records. 

Purchases will be for a pdf file with a license to make three copies (singer, accompanist, voice teacher). Don't add shipping costs when you check out! Pdf files will be e-mailed to you, usually within 24 hours. For hard copy prices or for keys that you don’t see currently available contact the composer at MrBillow@juno.com. 

Some of Michael's other songs and arrangements are available for free download at his blog