26 April 2018 - SPArKS' President, Arthur E. Lee had the privilege of meeting up with Auckland-based Operatic Baritone singer, Clinton Fung recently. The young singer, who is a Sabahan, is back in Sabah for a short period and the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu Sabah has decided to plan for his showcase. More details regarding the showcase will be posted soon.

Lee and Fung during their discussion meetup on 25 April 2018.


Clinton has completed a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in Classical Voice Performance, under the direction of Associate Professor Judy Bellingham (MNZM) at the University of Otago, and a Bachelor of Music (Honours), majoring in Classical Voice Performance under Rosemary Barnes at the University of Auckland. Clinton later studied with Dame Malvina Major at the University of Waikato and is currently studying under the tutelage of Frances Wilson at the Auckland Opera Studio.

In New Zealand, Clinton has been part of many major vocal ensembles, including the 2011 Rugby World Cup Choral Federation Choir; the NZ Secondary Students’ Choir 2011/12, which toured to South Africa; and the New Zealand Youth Choir 2013, which toured North America. He was also a member of the renowned University of Otago Capping Sextet and currently a member of the Freemason New Zealand Opera Chorus.

Clinton is a New Zealand Opera School alumnus, Wallace Cooperation University of Waikato Blues Award recipient and twice National Young Performer of the Year nominee. His operatic role includes: Dan (The Bone Feeder, Auckland Arts Festival), Betto (Gianni Schicchi, Opera Factory), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro, University of Waikato), Dulcamara (Elixir of Love, NZ Opera schools tour), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte, University of Otago), Waikato (This Other Eden, Otago Arts Festival), and Custom Official (La Bohème, NZ Opera). He also recently performed for New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English and the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during his high profile visit to New Zealand.