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Shenyang - Biography

Shenyang was supported by BBT between 2008 and 2010.  For an up-to-date biography visit

Shenyang came to immediate prominence when he won the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, subsequently joining the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program and appearing on their stage in a number of productions, including Die Zauberflöte, La cenerentola, Don Giovanni, La bohème and Rodelinda. Shenyang has since made debuts at Glyndebourne Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Seattle Opera, Opernhaus Zürich and Washington National Opera, and collaborated with conductors including Fabio Luisi, Sir Andrew Davis, Harry Bicket and Marco Armiliato. Shenyang recently debuted as Jochanaan (Salome) with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Liebreich, and Gunther (Götterdämmerung) with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden (recorded by Naxos).

Last season, Shenyang gave the world premiere of Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion at the Dresdner Musikfestspiele, and reprises the work this season with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, and both the Melbourne Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestras, conducted by the composer.

Concert engagements in the current season include Mahler’s Symphony No.8 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding in Stockholm and at the Edinburgh International Festival, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Israel Philharmonic under Manfred Honeck, and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Oslo Philharmonic under Klaus Makela.

As a dedicated Lieder singer, Shenyang was awarded the Alice Tully Vocal Arts Award in 2009, going on to make his New York recital debut at Lincoln Center. This season, Shenyang presents Schubert’s Die Winterreise in a special arrangement for string quartet at Istanbul’s Is Sanat Hall, with the Borusan Quartet.

Last updated: October 2018

Photographs by Marco Guerra