The press praises Chinese soprano Ying Fang’s vocal vitality, attractiveness, and ability to inhabit many different emotional states, also putting to use her charming, flirtatious acting talent. Fang sings with a sophisticated lightness and directness, dignified and convincing. It would be incorrect to call her “promising” – she is already a fully matured artist, according to critics.
Born in Ningbo, China, she became the youngest singer in 2009 to win one of the country’s most significant awards, the Chinese Golden Bell Award for Music. She is seen as the most gifted Chinese soprano of her generation. Ying Fang studied first at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, then at New York’s Juilliard School. During her studies in New York, she won various awards and scholarships – the Martin E. Segal Award, a Hildegard Behrens Foundation award, and the Sullivan Foundation Rose Bampton Award, in addition to winning the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition in 2013.
Ying Fang took part in the New York Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and in 2013 she received an invitation to debut at the Metropolitan Opera in a production of Dmitri Shostakovich’s opera The Nose.
During the 2018/2019 season, the singer debuted in two significant productions of Mozart operas at the Salzburg festival – in Idomeneo, directed by Peter Sellars, and Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s The Clemency of Titus. Meanwhile, at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, she sang under conductor Christoph Eschenbach in a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and in Fauré’s Requiem conducted by Marc Minkowski.
In vocal symphonic repertoire, Fang has performed in previous seasons in Jean Sibelius’ The Tempest with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Susanna Mälkki, and Johannes Brahms’ Requiem with the New York Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden. She first encountered conductors Andris Nelsons, Franz Welser-Möst, Jane Glover, Roberto Abbado and others while taking part in performances of Mozart, Mahler, Richard Strauss, Handel, Orff and other music.
She has been invited to collaborate with conductors James Levine, Andrew Davis, William Christie, Emanuelle Haim, Jesús López Cobos and Manfred Honeck, being invited to sing not only in the New York Metropolitan Opera, but also in the opera houses of Lille, Philadelphia, Aspen, Zürich, Washington and Vancouver in performances of Mozart, Janáček, Verdi, Rossini, Massenet, Gluck, Prokofiev, Britten and other composers.