“The opening night boasted the dashing, resonant Figaro of Chinese star Shenyang”
(Seattle Times, January 2016)
As the winner of the 2007BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Shenyang came to early prominence before going on to join the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program. This young Chinese bass-baritone has since appeared on The Met’s stage as Sprecher (Die Zauberflöte) under Antony Walker, Alidoro (La cenerentola) under Fabio Luisi, Masetto (Don Giovanni) under Sir Andrew Davis, Colline (La bohème) under Marco Armiliato, and Garibaldo (Rodelinda) under Harry Bicket, subsequently released on DVD by Decca.
With a career developing on both the opera and concert stages of the world, Shenyang has made debuts at Glyndebourne Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Seattle Opera, Opernhaus Zürich and Washington National Opera in roles including Leporello, Figaro and Alidoro, while collaborating with many of today’s foremost conductors in a diverse repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Mahler, Haydn to Rossini, and the most recent additions of Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass and Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder.
Appointed Brand Ambassador for Montblanc in 2011 in recognition of his emerging stature as a prominent musical and cultural figure in Asia, Shenyang has been Artist in Residence with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and is a regular feature of the Beijing Music Festival. In the current season he sings the world premiere of Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion at the Dresdner Musikfestspiele and will reprise the work next season with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel.
A dedicated Lieder singer, Shenyang was awarded the Alice Tully Vocal Arts Award in 2009 going on to make his New York recital debut at Lincoln Center. In 2015, together with the Stradivari Quartet, he presented Schubert’s Winterreise in a specially commissioned arrangement at Shanghai’s Symphony Hall to exceptional critical acclaim.
This season, with a nod to a future, more dramatic repertoire, Shenyang debuts as both Jochanaan (Salome) with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Liebreich, and Gunther (Götterdämmerung) with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden (recorded for future release by Naxos).
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