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Shenyang - Biography

Shenyang was supported by BBT between 2008 and 2010, when this page was last updated.  For an up to date biography visit

27-year-old bass-baritone Shenyang was the winner of the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition and a 2008 winner of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. He also has won First Prize at the International Opera Competition in Verona, the 2007 Verona Orfeo Singing Competition, and the 2005 Verona Don Giovanni Singing Competition. 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 masterclasses 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. Shenyang embodies a 21st-century bridge between the cultures of East and West. His celebration of the human voice is heard this season 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 as well as in performances of Handel’s Messiah with Helmuth Rilling and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The artist joins the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Ragnar Bohlin for Bach’s Mass in B minor, the Cincinatti Symphony for Elijah with James Conlon, and appears at Carnegie Hall in a concert performance of Mozart’s Zaïde with Ensemble ACJW conducted by David Robertson. Shenyang also returns to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera to reprise his portrayal of Colline in La bohème.

Last updated: January 2011

Photographs by Marco Guerra