Ying Fang

Soprano

Biography

“Peter Sellars brings a message of love to Mozart’s Idomeneo at Salzburg Festival. There’s plenty to admire at the Felsenreitschule, but the evening belongs to soprano Ying Fang….This diminutive singer has a voice that can stop time, pure and rich and open and consummately expressive.” – Financial Times

In the 2020-2021 season, Ms. Fang makes her house debut at both Dutch National Opera and Santa Fe Opera as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, a role she was also scheduled to reprise at Lyric Opera of Chicago. In concert, she joins Dutch National Opera in a performance of Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle. Previously scheduled concert engagements include Haydn’s Creation with Music of the Baroque, under the baton of Jane Glover, as well as both Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 Resurrection and Symphony No. 8 at the Mahler Festival in Leipzig, under the baton of Andris Nelsons.

During the 2019-2020 season, Ms. Fang made her house debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, led by James Gaffigan, and returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Pamina in The Magic Flute in Julie Taymor’s magical production, conducted by Lothar Koenigs.  Previously scheduled operatic engagements included her role debut as Sophie in Werther, also at the Metropolitan Opera, as well as house debuts at Houston Grand Opera as Pamina and Los Angeles Opera as Susanna. In concert, Ms. Fang sang Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, led by Gianandrea Noseda, at the Tsinandali Festival in Georgia, and gave solo recitals with pianist Ken Noda at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Celebrity Series of Boston. She had also been scheduled to return to the Verbier Festival, where she would have performed a concert version of Don Giovanni under Gábor Takács-Nagy as well as Mozart’s Requiem conducted by Sir András Schiff.

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Reviews

“Ying Fang, the production’s Susanna, is already so sure in her instincts and so focused on her aesthetic goals that she can surmount any obstacle put in her path. For she gave a treasurable performance. The basic sound was pure and true; she colored it through judicious application of vibrato, as well as an alertness to the timbral implications of the Italian text, resulting in singing that was both deeply musical and full of character. This Susanna was never cute but always enchanting: any Figaro would be lucky to have such a woman as his bride. It would be a misnomer to call Fang “promising” — she is already a fully achieved performer. I personally can’t wait to hear more.”

Fred Cohn

OPERA NEWS

“Ying Fang might well be the production’s best Shepherd since Kathleen Battle made her Met debut in the part when the production was new.”

George Loomis

MusicalAmerica.com

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“The youthful cast, led by the beguiling soprano Ying Fang in the title role, was excellent…. Ms. Fang brought a sweet, penetrating voice to Iphigénie, singing with an aching blend of vulnerability and dignity…. This performance feels like a gift to opera lovers.”

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times 

“The evening’s Iphigénie, Ying Fang, possesses a lyric soprano of such verdant beauty that she could merely exhibit it and score a success. But she showed real artistry, coloring her voice to fit her expressive intent at each moment; for instance, in her first-act scene “L’ai-je bien entendu?” musing on the supposed perfidy of her lover Achille, she shifted in a flash from amorous reverie to sorrowful anger, the voice retaining its inherent sweetness through it all. Fang’s stage deportment, too was that of an true artist. She made not one extraneous gesture, but in her bearing and marvelously expressive face rendered the princess’s sentiments viscerally comprehensible.”

Fred Cohn, OPERA NEWS 

“The young soprano Ying Fang is the sweet-voiced Barbarina, an age-appropriate match for Cherubino, whom she appears to win over by the end.”

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times 

“Everything about Ying Fang’s portrayal of Cleopatra suggested the likelihood of a sparkling future for the soprano. She negotiated coloratura with aplomb and, notably in “Piangerò,” spun out long-breathed phrases with an exceptionally tender tone; ornamentation was deftly, subtly applied. The voice was not large and thinned out in the low register, but the soprano’s vocalism exuded so much sureness and personality that she lit up the stage. She demonstrated equal confidence as an actress, every bit the coquette early on (emerging sexily from under the covers of a huge bed for the seduction scene), and just as persuasive when asserting her regality.”

Tim Smith, OPERA NEWS 

“The Chinese-born soprano Ying Fang, in the first of three roles on this program, brought a warm, agile and appealing voice to Konstanze. … Ms. Fang, again impressive, brought vocal bloom and sassiness to Teresa, Cellini’s beloved….Ms. Fang, a star in the making, as the enterprising Adina.”

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times 

“The scores of minor parts were divided among dozens of singers. Among the more impressive performances were those of the soprano Ying Fang, in her Met debut, singing with pure, alluring tone as Mme. Podtochina’s Daughter and soaring effortlessly over the chorus as the Female Voice in the cathedral scene.”

James Oestreich, The New York Times 

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