“as Gunther, he gave dignity as well as lyrical phrasing and polished diction”
(Opera Magazine, April 2018)
Shenyang came to immediate prominence when he won the 2007BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, subsequently joining the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program and appearing on The Met’s stage in a number of productions, including Die Zauberflöte, La cenerentola, Don Giovanni, La bohème and Rodelinda. Shenyang has since made debuts at Glyndebourne Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Seattle Opera, Opernhaus Zürich and Washington National Opera, and collaborated with conductors including Fabio Luisi, Sir Andrew Davis, Harry Bicket and Marco Armiliato. Two recent critically acclaimed role debuts have given indication of a future in the more dramatic repertoire: Jochanaan (Salome) with Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Liebreich, and Gunther (Götterdämmerung) with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden (recorded for future release by Naxos).
Last season, Shenyang gave the world premiere of Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion at the Dresdner Musikfestspiele, and reprises the work in the current season with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, as well as with Melbourne Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestras, both conducted by the composer himself. Considered a prominent musical and cultural figure in Asia, Shenyang was appointed Brand Ambassador by Montblanc in the region, has been Artist in Residence with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and features frequently at the Beijing Music Festival
Concert engagements in the current season include Mahler’s Symphony No.8 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding in Stockholm, and at the Edinburgh International Festival, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Israel Philharmonic under Manfred Honeck, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Oslo Philharmonic under Klaus Mäkelä, and with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Honeck.
As 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, Shenyang and the Stradivari Quartet presented Schubert’s Die Winterreise in a specially-commissioned arrangement at Shanghai’s Symphony Hall to exceptional critical acclaim, and he repeats this programme with the Borusan Quartet this season at Istanbul’s Is Sanat Hall.
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