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“Her voice literally floated past the space she stood in and “lived in” and created remarkable, layered beauty.” — OperaWire

Ms. Zhang makes debuts with the New York Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of Aaron Zigman & Mark Campbell’s Émigré (Lina Song), which will be recorded by Deutsche Grammophon. She makes her Los Angeles Opera debut in Don Giovanni (Zerlina), her debut with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood in Così fan tutte (Despina), and a debut with Fort Worth in La bohème (Musetta). She also joins the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in Fauré’s La Bonne Chanson. Following her triumphant Carnegie Hall debut in J.L. Adams’ Vespers of the Blessed Earth, Ms. Zhang joins the Philadelphia Orchestra once again to perform the work at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

The 2022/23 season features an exciting role debut as Euridice in San Francisco Opera’s Orfeo ed Euridice, her Atlanta Opera debut as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and a return to the Metropolitan Opera covering Ilia in Idomeneo. She also features as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the North Carolina Symphony, Beethoven Missa solemnis with Bard College’s The Orchestra Now, and Bruckner’s Te Deum with New Jersey Symphony.

The 2021/22 sparkled with notable performances with esteemed venues. At the Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Zhang sang an “energetic, bright-voiced Thibault” in Sir David McVicar’s Don Carlos under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, as well as reprised her “warm, honeyed” Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro. She also made her triumphant debut at the San Francisco Opera starring in the lead role of Dai Yu in Bright Sheng’s The Dream of the Red Chamber. As a soprano soloist, she performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 throughout China with the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Bach’s Coffee Cantata with Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival, and concerts with both the Xi’an and Shenzhen Symphony Orchestras.

In previous seasons, Ms. Zhang performed with Switzerland’s Verbier Festival in Die Zauberflöte (Pamina), Opera National Bordeaux and Guangzhau Opera House in Don Giovanni (Zerlina), Philadelphia Orchestra in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Tianjin Grand Opera in The Rape of Lucretia (Lucia), and Harbin Symphony Orchestra in Fidelio (Marzelline). Additional roles performed include the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Despina in Così fan tutte, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and the title role in Roméo et Juliette. Previous concert appearances include Mozart’s ‘Exsultate, jubilate’ with the New Jersey Symphony, Glière’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano & Orchestra with Camerata Notturna, and solo recitals with pianist Ken Noda at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium and Miami’s Wertheim Performing Arts Center.

Ms. Zhang represented China in the 2023 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. She was the Grand Prize winner of the 2019 Verbier Festival “Prix Yves Paternot,” a finalist in the 2019 Queen Sonja International Music Competition, and took second place at the 2020 Opera Index Competition. She won the Audience Prize at the 2020 Glyndebourne Opera Cup. While in the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Ms. Zhang made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Bloody Child in Macbeth, followed by Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro. While attending the Merola Opera Program, she performed as Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, and at the Chautauqua Institute, she was seen as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. Ms. Zhang earned her master’s degree from the Mannes School of Music, where she was a recipient of the George and Elizabeth Award, and completed her bachelor’s degree at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

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