Yajie Zhang, who performed Hope and Music, brought a beautiful mezzo voice with clean coloratura line. […] The voice is something to look out for. Operawire 2018
Yajie Zhang stands out with her colourful timbre, flawless voice, and remarka-ble receptivity. The young mezzo-soprano has received numerous awards at various competitions, including the 2018 DEBUT Classical Singing Competition, the 2019 song competition Das Lied in Heidelberg, the Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, and the International Opera Competition in Portofino, Italy. By 2017, she had already attracted attention as the youngest contestant at the International Vocal Competition’s Hertogen-bosch, where she was awarded the Grand Prix as well as the Opera and Junior Jury prizes. From the 2020/21 season onwards, she will be a member of the opera studio at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where she will take on roles such as second thrush in Frank Castorf’s new production of Walter Braunfels’ Die Vögel, Flowermaiden in Parsifal, Dryade in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, and Kitchen Boy in Rusalka.