From: Chengdu, China. LA Opera: Zerlina in Don Giovanni (2023).
The 2021/22 season marked her return to the Metropolitan Opera stage as Thibault in a new production of Don Carlos, under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and a reprisal of Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro. In the summer of 2022, Ms. Zhang made a debut at the San Francisco Opera in Bright Sheng’s The Dream of the Red Chamber in the lead role of Dai Yu.
On the concert stage, Ms. Zhang was seen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata with Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and toured China in Mahler’s Symphony no. 4 with the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra and Darrell Ang. Other highlights include Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 in Beijing at National Centre for the Performing Arts conducted by En Shao, and concerts with Xi’an and Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra. Previous concert appearances include Mozart’s “Exsultate, jubilate” with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Xian Zhang, Glière’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra with Camerata Notturna and David Chan, as well as solo recitals at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium and Miami’s Wertheim Performing Arts Center with pianist Ken Noda.
In the 2020/21 season, Ms. Zhang was scheduled to perform as Gilda in Rigoletto with the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China, as well as an opera concert with the Manchester Music Festival.
During her second year in the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Ms. Zhang made her debut appearances as the Bloody Child in Macbeth under Marco Armiliato and as Barbarina. Other engagements in the 2019/20 season include her European debut as Pamina in The Magic Flute at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Opera National Bordeaux and Guangzhau Opera House, and various roles in Ravel's L’enfant et les sortilèges with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
While attending the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, Ms. Zhang performed as Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress. During her tenure in the Chautauqua Institute, she was seen as Pamina. Ms. Zhang has also performed the role of Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia (Asian premiere) with the Tianjin Grand Opera in China, as well as Marzelline in Fidelio with Harbin Symphony Orchestra. Additional roles performed include the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Despina in Così fan tutte, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette.
Ms. Zhang was the grand prize winner of the 2019 Verbier Festival “Prix Yves Paternot”, a finalist in the 2019 Queen Sonja International Music Competition, and took second place at the 2020 Opera Index Competition. Most recently, she won the audience prize at the 2020 Glyndebourne Opera Cup.
Ms. Zhang earned her master’s degree from the Mannes School of Music, where she was a recipient of the George and Elizabeth Award, and completed her bachelor’s degree at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
Learn more at MeiguiZhang.com.