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Ying Fang


“Peter Sellars brings a message of love to Mozart’s Idomeneo at Salzburg Festival. There’s plenty to admire at the Felsenreitschule, but the evening belongs to soprano Ying Fang….This diminutive singer has a voice that can stop time, pure and rich and open and consummately expressive.” - Financial Times

In the 2020-2021 season, Ms. Fang makes her house debut at both Dutch National Opera and Santa Fe Opera as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, a role she was also scheduled to reprise at Lyric Opera of Chicago. In concert, she joins Dutch National Opera in a performance of Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle. Previously scheduled concert engagements include Haydn’s Creation with Music of the Baroque, under the baton of Jane Glover, as well as both Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 Resurrection and Symphony No. 8 at the Mahler Festival in Leipzig, under the baton of Andris Nelsons.

During the 2019-2020 season, Ms. Fang made her house debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, led by James Gaffigan, and returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Pamina in The Magic Flute in Julie Taymor’s magical production, conducted by Lothar Koenigs. Previously scheduled operatic engagements included her role debut as Sophie in Werther, also at the Metropolitan Opera, as well as house debuts at Houston Grand Opera as Pamina and Los Angeles Opera as Susanna. In concert, Ms. Fang sang Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, led by Gianandrea Noseda, at the Tsinandali Festival in Georgia, and gave solo recitals with pianist Ken Noda at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Celebrity Series of Boston. She had also been scheduled to return to the Verbier Festival, where she would have performed a concert version of Don Giovanni under Gábor Takács-Nagy as well as Mozart’s Requiem conducted by Sir András Schiff.

In the 2018-19 season, Mozart was the foundation for two auspicious debuts for Ms. Fang. Her debut at the Salzburger Festspiele, where she sang Ilia in a new production of Idomeneo, reunited her with director Peter Sellars. She also returned to the Metropolitan Opera for her role debut as Servilia in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s renowned production of La Clemenza di Tito. On the concert stage, she rejoined the Los Angeles Philharmonic, in collaboration with conductor Susanna Mälkki

and The Old Globe Theatre of San Diego, for performances as Juno in Sibelius’ incidental music to Shakespeare's The Tempest, and returned to the New York Philharmonic for performances of Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem under Jaap van Zweden. She also made debuts with several orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra as Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst; the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons and Hong Kong Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2; both the San Francisco Symphony and Houston Symphony for Handel’s Messiah under Jane Glover; the Malaysian Philharmonic under Roberto Abbado and North Carolina Symphony under Carlos Miguel Prieto for Orff’s Carmina Burana; and a Carnegie Hall concert with Orchestra of St. Luke’s under Bernard Labadie for Mozart’s concert aria "Venga la morte....Non temer, amato bene.”

Ms. Fang’s previous seasons have included performances with conductors James Levine, Sir Andrew Davis, Carlo Rizzi, Alan Gilbert, William Christie, Emmanuelle Haïm, Jesús López Cobos, Bernard Labadie, Nathalie Stutzmann, and Manfred Honeck. She has sung at Opernhaus Zürich, Opéra de Lille, Vancouver Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Washington National Opera, Wolf Trap Opera Company, Aspen Opera Theater Center, and The Juilliard School in such varied operas as L’Italiana in Algeri (Elvira), Jenůfa (Jano), Die Zauberflöte (Pamina), Le nozze di Figaro (Susanna), L’elisir d’amore (Adina), Alcina (Morgana), Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (Bellezza), Tannhäuser (Shepherd), Hänsel und Gretel(Dew Fairy), Falstaff (Nannetta), Giulio Cesare (Cleopatra), Il Viaggio A Reims (Contessa di Folleville), Zaïde (title role), The Nose (Madame Podtochina’s Daughter), Don Giovanni (Zerlina), La Cambiale di Matrimonio (Fanny), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Konstanze), and Curlew River (Spirit of the Boy). Concert engagements have included appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, New World Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and Music of the Baroque Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony Nos. 2 and 4, Handel’s Messiah, Telemann’s Der Tag des Gerichts, Handel’s Silete Venti, Bernstein’s West Side Story, and more. Ms. Fang has given performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Alice Tully Hall, as well as with the Verbier Festival, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and Ravinia Festival.

A native of Ningbo, China, Ms. Fang is the recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award, the Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award, the Rose Bampton Award of The Sullivan Foundation, The Opera Index Award, and First Prize of the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition. In 2009, she become one of the youngest singers to win one of China’s most prestigious awards – the China Golden Bell Award for Music. She has been hailed as “the most gifted Chinese soprano of her generation” by Ningbo Daily.

Ms. Fang holds a Master’s degree and an Artist Diploma in Opera Study from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor’s degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She is a former member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

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