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China: Shenyang

Bass baritone - born 1984

Main Prize winner, Song Prize finalist

Born in Tianjin, Shenyang is currently a student of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and at Zhou Xiaoyan Opera Center in China, under the guidance of Professor Ping Gu.

His operatic roles include Masetto Don Giovanni at Verona Philharmonic Theatre and Zhou Xiaoyan International Opera Center in 2005, and Don Alfonso Così fan tutte in France and Germany with Berliner Sibelius Orchestra in 2006.

He has also taken part in many concerts, including the Modern Chamber Music Concert at the Eastern-Asia Music Festival in Korea and the Modern Chamber Music Concert at the Beijing Music Festival.

He has won several prizes including first place as Masetto Don Giovanni at the International Opera Competition in Verona, first place at the 5th Shanghai international opera master class in China in 2005, first prize Rheinsberg opera competition 2007, and first prize Verona L'Orfeo singing competition 2007.

In the last two years, he has published several recordings, including Super Bass and Winterreise (a Chinese premiere), which were released by FengLin Records Company.

In September 2008, he will sing the Emperor in the opera Story of Beijing Place which will debut in Holland.

In his spare time, Shenyang enjoys collecting classical recordings and writing.

Repertoire details for Concert 3, Recital 2, Song Prize final and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World final:

Final - Sunday 17 June

  • Verdi: Studia il passo...Come dal ciel precipita (Macbeth)
  • Mozart: Mentre ti lascio, o figlia (K513)
  • Rachmaninoff: Aleko's Cavatina (Aleko)

Song Prize final - Friday 15 June

  • Wolf: Der Feuerreiter (Mörike-Lieder)
  • Duparc: Phidylé
  • Wolf: Prometheus

Accompanist: Llŷr Williams

Concert 3 - Tuesday 12 June

  • Vivaldi: Se il cor guerriero (Tito Manlio)
  • Verdi: A te l'estremo addio...Il lacerato spirito (Simon Boccanegra)
  • Wagner: Was duftet doch der Flieder (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)
  • Gounod: Vous qui faites l'endormie (Faust)

With the orchestra of WNO conducted by Carlo Rizzi

Recital 2 - Sunday 10 June

  • Pfiztner: Hast du von den Fischerkindern (Songs, Op 7 No 1)
  • Wolf: Der Feuerreiter (Mörike-Lieder)
  • He Luting: On the Jialing River
  • Schubert: Prometheus (D674)

Accompanist: Llŷr Williams