Yajie Zhang, who performed Hope and Music, brought a beautiful mezzo voice with clean coloratura line. […] The voice is something to look out for.
Yajie Zhang stands out with her colourful timbre, flawless voice and remarkable receptivity. The young mezzo-soprano has received 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-Hertogenbosch, 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 perform in the opera studio production of Miroslav Srnka’s Singularity as well as 2nd thrush in Frank Castorf’s new production of Walter Braunfels’ Die Vögel, as Flowermaiden in Parsifal, as Dryade in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and as Kitchen Boy in Rusalka.
As a recipient of fellowships from the Richard Wagner Foundation (2016) and the Lied Akademie Heidelberger Frühling (2019), she has performed song recitals at the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as well as at the St. Petersburg Philharmony and the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing.
In 2013, Yajie Zhang gave her opera debut as Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra at the Shanghai Oriental Art Centre. Since then, she has performed in engagements at the Staatstheater Trier, the Staatsoper Hannover and at the NCPA in Beijing, where she recently portrayed Nicklausse/Muse in Offenbach’s Les Contes d‘Hoffmann under Pinchas Steinberg. She returned to Beijing in November 2019, this time taking on the role of Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.
She sang Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the China Philharmonic Orchestra under Yu Long at the Beijing Music Festival in May 2019, followed by a spectacular jump in with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Jukka Pekka Saraste with Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder. In the same year, she appeared as a guest with the Shanghai Camerata under David Stern at the Shanghai Baroque Festival. She will open the 2020/21 season with concerts at the Bavarian Academy of the Fine Arts, performing works by Zemlinsky and Mahler alongsidemusicians of the Bavarian State Orchestra and Peter Hirsch.
Yajie Zhang began her vocal studies in Shanghai in 2010, during which time she was also a member of the Zhou Xiao Opera Centre. Since 2015 she has continued her studies in Hannover with Marek Rzepka and Justus Zeyen, complemented by master classes with Brigitte Fassbaender, Thomas Hampson, Roman Trekel, Wolfram Rieger, Burkhard Kehring, Hartmut Höll, and Thomas Quasthoff.
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