Shenyang

Bass-Baritone

Biography

Bass-baritone Shenyang is recognized as the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World as well as 2010 winner of the Montblanc New Voices at Stars of the White Nights Festival and as 2008 winner of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.

Highlights of the current season include the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro for his house debut with Seattle Opera.  He makes important debuts with the Sydney Symphony in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis conducted by music director David Robertson, and with the New Japan Philharmonic for Mahler’s Eighth Symphony conducted by Daniel Harding.  He returns to the Beijing Music Festival for performances of Schoenberg’s Guerre Lieder and sings a duo recital program with soprano Susannah Phillips and pianist Brian Zeger at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The 2014-15 season included house debuts both with Opernhaus Zürich and the Washington National Opera as Alidoro in La Cenerentola.  He returned to the San Francisco Symphony for performances of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis conducted by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, to the International Bachakademie Stuutgart for Handel’s Messiah, to Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts and the Orquesta Nacional de España for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and to the Beijing Music Festival for a nationally televised gala concert celebrating the music of Chinese composer Huang Zi.

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Reviews

“As the faithless Garibaldo, bass-baritone Shenyang…is an important voice in the making, and he made a vocal flourish in Di Cupido a thing both mellifluous and simmering with treachery.”

Marion Lignana Rosenberg

Classical Review

“Then there was Elijah’s despondent aria, “It is enough,” so beautifully felt by the 26-year-old Shenyang. Shenyang is clearly a star to watch, blessed with stunning vocal presence and a gift for communication. His Elijah was both magnanimous and tortured, and his voice remained fresh all evening.”

Janelle Gelfand

Cincinnati.com

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“As the faithless Garibaldo, bass-baritone Shenyang…is an important voice in the making, and he made a vocal flourish in Di Cupido a thing both mellifluous and simmering with treachery.”

Marion Lignana Rosenberg, Classical Review

“Then there was Elijah’s despondent aria, “It is enough,” so beautifully felt by the 26-year-old Shenyang. Shenyang is clearly a star to watch, blessed with stunning vocal presence and a gift for communication. His Elijah was both magnanimous and tortured, and his voice remained fresh all evening.”

Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati.com

“Nor could I ever forget the singer Shenyang in his one aria. The second act may be a Singspiel though it often sounds like an opera seria. With a single exception. This is an aria so unreservedly hilarious that Rossini’s Figaro and Mozart’s Papageno would have envied it. Shenyang, as the slave Osmin, sings a strophic ditty about ein ganzer Narr–the perfect fool. I.e. the man who “whines, moans, screams, curses”. He is also a laughable fool, and bass-baritone Shenyang used all his full-bodied voice and delicious sense of humor to guffaw, giggle, bray and explosively stutter “h-h-h-h-haha” with prestissimo velocity. The Tianjin-born singer obviously has the chops for the heaviest repertory, but this song was an uncommon delight in an uncommonly delightful opera.”

Henry Rolnick, ConcertoNet.com

“The ultimate standout among the vocal soloists was the Chinese bass-baritone Shenyang with a lyrical account of the expansive “Et in Spiritum Sanctum,” marked by a blend of rhetorical directness and tenderness.”

Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

“The Chinese bass-baritone Shenyang was a vocally hardy and earnest, if somewhat stiff, Colline.”

Anthony Tommasini, New York Times

“Shenyang completed the quartet as Colline, stepping forward in Act IV to deliver his little farewell to a shabby overcoat about to be pawned with just that extra measure of poignancy.”

Peter G. Davis, MusicalAmerica.com