Soprano Ying Fang has been hailed by the New York Times for her “pure and moving soprano, phrasing with scrupulous respect for the line and traveling with assurance through the mercurial moods,” as well as “singing with a fresh, appealing soprano and acting with coquettish flair.”
The 2017-2018 season launches with a house debut at Opernhaus Zürich as Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Additional opera highlights of the season include a return to the Metropolitan Opera to sing Noémie in Massenet’s Cendrillon in a new production directed by Laurent Pelly, performances as Morgana in Handel’s Alcina with Washington National Opera, and a house debut at Vancouver Opera as Adina in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore. Concert appearances will include Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the Los Angeles Philharmonic directed by Peter Sellars under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, a recital with pianist Ken Noda at Carnegie Hall featuring Schubert lieder, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Montclair Symphony conducted by David Chan. Ms. Fang will return to the Verbier Festival for a solo recital and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, as well as concert performances with the Verbier Chamber Ensemble at Schloss Elmau.
Ms. Fang’s 2016-2017 season included Metropolitan Opera appearances as Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Elvira in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri, and Jano in Janáček’s Jenůfa. She also portrayed Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in a Stephen Lawless production for Opera Philadelphia and sang Bellezza in Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with conductor Emmanuelle Haïm with Opéra de Lille. Ms. Fang appeared with the New York Philharmonic in a concert of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 conducted by Alan Gilbert and an all-Mozart program under Bernard Labadie. She also performed Handel’s Messiah with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann, sang Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Pittsburgh Symphony under conductor Manfred Honeck, ventured to Chicago for Telemann’s Der Tag des Gerichts with Music of the Baroque Orchestra conducted by Jane Glover, and joined St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble for a Schubertiade in New York.
Previous appearances for Ms. Fang include Barbarina in the season-opening new production of Le Nozze di Figaro conducted by James Levine at the Metropolitan Opera, where she also sang Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore, the Shepherd in Wagner’s Tannhäuser, and the Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel conducted by Sir Andrew Davis; as well as Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro directed by Stephen Wadsworth at The Juilliard School, where she also performed the title role in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Aulide conducted by Jane Glover. In addition, she made her Verbier Festival and role debut singing Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff alongside Bryn Terfel and led by Jesús López Cobos, and returned to the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence for its production of Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno. She also debuted at the Ravinia Festival in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 under the baton of James Levine, joined the Mediterranean Youth Symphony for a European tour of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 conducted by Carlo Rizzi, and was featured in the Metropolitan Opera and the Juilliard School’s joint concert of comic operas conducted by James Levine, in which she sang Konstanze, Teresa, and Adina. She has also appeared in recital at Carnegie Hall as part of the Neighborhood Concert Series and at the Kennedy Center under the auspices of Vocal Arts DC, both with pianist Ken Noda. Other notable recent appearances include Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare and Contessa di Folleville in Rossini’s Il Viaggio A Reims, both with the Wolf Trap Opera Company, the title role in Mozart’s Zaïde with the New World Symphony, and Bellezza in Handel’s oratorio Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with Juilliard 415 under the baton of William Christie at Alice Tully Hall. She also appeared at Aspen Opera Theater Center where she was heard as Maria in Bernstein’s West Side Story and in the role of Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Aspen Opera Theater Center, of which the Aspen Times wrote: “Soprano Ying Fang sang Pamina with a creamy tone and marvelous specificity in each moment.”
Ms. Fang made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2013-14 season singing the role of Madame Podtochina’s Daughter in Shostakovich’s opera The Nose. At the Juilliard School, she has been seen as Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Fanny in Rossini’s La Cambiale di Matrimonio, and the Spirit of the Boy in Britten’s Curlew River. She made her Alice Tully Hall debut performing Handel’s motet Silete Venti with conductor Steven Fox leading the Juilliard 415, and appeared as the soprano soloist in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap.
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 the 1st Prize Award 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 was a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.