“Yet the evening’s true star… was soprano Meigui Zhang, who brought both tonal bloom and alert precision to the role of Anne Trulove… Her rendition of Anne’s final lullaby was nothing short of luminous.” – San Francisco Chronicle
The 2021-2022 season marks her return to the Metropolitan Opera stage as Thibault in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Don Carlos, under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and a reprisal of Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro. In the summer of 2022, Ms. Zhang makes a triumphant debut at the San Francisco Opera to star in their revival of Bright Sheng’s The Dream of the Red Chamber in the lead role of Dai Yu.Read more
On the concert stage, Ms. Zhang can be seen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata with Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and tours China in Mahler’s Symphony no. 4 with the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra and Darrell Ang. Other highlights include Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 in Beijing at National Centre for the Performing Arts conducted by En Shao, and concerts with Xi’an and Shenzhen Symphony Orchestras. Previous concert appearances include Mozart’s “Exsultate, jubilate” with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Xian Zhang, Glière’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano & Orchestra with Camerata Notturna and David Chan, as well as solo recitals at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium and Miami’s Wertheim Performing Arts Center with pianist Ken Noda.
In the 2020-2021 season, Ms. Zhang was scheduled to perform as Gilda in Rigoletto with The National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China, as well as an opera concert with the Manchester Music Festival.
During her 2nd year in the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Ms. Zhang made her debut as the Bloody Child in Adrian Noble’s production of Macbeth under Marco Armiliato and Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro). Other engagements in the 2019-2020 season include her European debut as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Opera National Bordeaux & Guangzhau Opera House, and various roles in L’enfant et les sortilèges with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
While attending the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, Ms. Zhang performed as Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress. During her tenure in the Chautauqua Institute, she was seen as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte). Ms. Zhang has also performed the role of Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia (Asian premiere) with the Tianjin Grand Opera in China, as well as Marzelline in Fidelio with Harbin Symphony Orchestra. 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.
Ms. Zhang 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. Most recently, she won the Audience Prize at the 2020 Glyndebourne Opera Cup.
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.
“Yet the evening’s true star, at least from where I sat, was soprano Meigui Zhang, who brought both tonal bloom and alert precision to the role of Anne Trulove… To hear Zhang dispatch Anne’s Act 1 solo — a cavatina and cabaletta built on Donizettian lines and culminating in a resplendent high C — was to grasp both the faithfulness of Stravinsky’s modeling and the wonderful liberties he took with it; her rendition of Anne’s final lullaby was nothing short of luminous.”
“Meigui Zhang projected a bright, agile soprano with secure top notes; her alluring performance of the Act I aria and cabaletta, ‘No word from Tom…I go, go to him,’ was one of the evening’s highlights.”
“Meigui Zhang gave a lovely performance as Barbarina, showing a warm, honeyed soprano in her Act IV aria.’”