Meigui Zhang will represent China in the 2023 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. She makes debuts with the Los Angeles Opera as Zerlina in Don Giovanni and with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood as Despina in Così fan tutte. She also joins the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in J.L. Adams’ Vespers of the Blessed Earth. The 2022–23 season features a role debut as Euridice in San Francisco Opera’s Orfeo ed Euridice, her Atlanta Opera debut as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and a return to The Metropolitan Opera covering Ilia in Idomeneo. She also features as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the North Carolina Symphony and Bruckner’s Te Deum with New Jersey Symphony.
In the 2021–22 season, Ms. Zhang sang in Sir David McVicar’s Don Carlos at The Metropolitan Opera under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and reprised her Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro. She also made her debut at the San Francisco Opera in the lead role of Dai Yu in Bright Sheng’s The Dream of the Red Chamber. As a soprano soloist, she performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 throughout China with the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Bach’s Coffee Cantata with Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival, and concerts with both the Xi’an and Shenzhen Symphony Orchestras.
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. She won the Audience Prize at the 2020 Glyndebourne Opera Cup. While in The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she made her Met debut as the Bloody Child in Macbeth, followed by Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro. While attending the Merola Opera Program she performed as Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, and at the Chautauqua Institute she was seen as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. She 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.
Ms. Zhang will perform with The Orchestra Now on April 1 & 2, 2023.
Bio: March 2023