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 Susanna 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.
A frequent collaborator with the Metropolitan Opera, Shenyang has most recently returned to the house
for Julie Taymor’s beloved production of The Magic Flute, conducted by Jane Glover, and for La
cenerentola under the baton of the Met’s Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi. At the Met, Shenyang
previously has been heard as Masetto in a new production of Don Giovanni, directed by Michael
Grandage and conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, as Garibaldo in Rodelinda directed by Stephen
Wadsworth and conducted by Harry Bicket, and as Colline in La bohème in the beloved Franco Zefferili
production conducted by Marco Armiliato.
On the concert stage the artist recently joined Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Alan
Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, and Gianluigi Gelmetti and the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic for
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and, in a return engagement, he joined Michael Tilson Thomas and the San
Francisco Symphony for Beethoven’s Mass in C. He performed Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with Grant
Park Music Festival and the Requiems of both Mozart and Verdi with the Oregon Bach Festival under the
batons of Matthew Halls and Helmuth Rilling, respectively. Shenyang sang Verdi’s Requiem with the
Huangzhou Philharmonic and, in his conducting debut, lead the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra in an
orchestral program of Dvořák and Smetana.
Highlights of past seasons include a role debut as Figaro in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in a new
production at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, a return to the Beijing Music
Festival for Jing Xiang’s opera, Yuan Ye, conducted by Long Yu, and the world premiere of the
orchestral song cycle, Song of Farewell, written for him by composer Xiaogang Ye receiving
performances in Beijing and at the Berliner Philharmonie with the China National Symphony Orchestra.
North American performances include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Matthew Halls and the
Toronto Symphony Orchestra as well as Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Michael Tilson Thomas
leading the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
Shenyang embodies a 21st century bridge between the cultures of East and West. His celebration of the
human voice was spotlighted as Artist in Residence of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in 2011-12 in
numerous programs conducted by Long Yu with repertoire ranging from Bach and Mozart to
Rachmaninov and Mahler. He joined Daniel Harding and the China Philharmonic for selections from
Mahler’s Des knaben Wunderhorn at the opening weekend of the Beijing Music Festival and was
presented in solo recital at the Festival in a program of Schubert, Loewe, and Mahler.
Shenyang has appeared with Helmuth Rilling and the International Bachakademie Stuttgart on a
European tour of Bach’s Mass in b minor. In the summer of 2012, Shenyang made his Glyndebourne
Festival debut in a revival of the Sir Peter Hall production of La cenerentola and bowed for the first time,
also as Alidoro, at the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Shenyang sang Rossini's Stabat Mater with Sir Antonio Pappano and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa
Cecilia Orchestra and was a featured soloist at the opening concert of the China National Grand Theatre
in Beijing. He performed Haydn's Die Jahreszeiten with John Nelson at the National Centre for the
Performing Arts in Beijing, solo Lieder recitals at BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff, the Hong Kong Arts
Festival, the Shanghai Grand Theatre, and in New York at Lincoln Center under the auspices of The
Juilliard School, a Young Singers Concert with Ivor Bolton at the Salzburg Festival, and Brahms’
Liebeslieder Walzer with James Levine and Daniel Barenboim at Carnegie Hall. He made his New York
Philharmonic debut with Messiah performances under the baton of Helmuth Rilling, sang the title role of
Mendelssohn’s Elijah in his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (in
Boston and at Carnegie Hall), and performed an aria concert conducted by Valery Gergiev at the White
Nights Festival. He was a guest soloist on an international tour with Edo de Waart and the Hong Kong
Philharmonic with performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and of excerpts from Mahler’s Des
knaben Wunderhorn and he joined Helmuth Rilling and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for Handel’s
Messiah. The artist appeared with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Ragnar
Bohlin for Bach’s Mass in b minor, the Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra and James Conlon for
Mendelssohn’s Elias, and at Carnegie Hall in a concert performance of Mozart’s Zaïde with Ensemble
ACJW conducted by David Robertson.
Born in Tianjin, China, Shenyang studied with Professor Ping Gu at the Shanghai Conservatory of
Music. He is an alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and
of The Julliard School Opera Center. He has received master classes with James Levine, José Van Dam,
John Fisher, Carlo Bergonzi, Renata Scotto, Sir Thomas Allen, Håkan Hagegård, Christa Ludwig,
Barbara Bonney, Malcolm Martineau, Stephen Wadsworth, and Renée Fleming.
Reflecting his emerging stature as a prominent musical and cultural figure in Asia and elsewhere,
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