YING FANG (Juno) has been hailed by The New York Times for her “pure and moving soprano, phrasing with scrupulous respect for the line and traveling with assurance through the mercurial moods,” as well as “singing with a fresh, appealing soprano and acting with coquettish flair.” In the 2018/19 season, Mozart serves as the foundation for her debut at the Salzburger Festspiele in a new production of Idomeneo, which reunites her with director Peter Sellars, and she also returns to the Metropolitan Opera for a role debut as Servilia in the Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production La Clemenza di Tito. In another season highlight, she rejoins the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall, in collaboration with The Old Globe Theatre of San Diego, for the role of Juno in performances of Sibelius’ incidental music to Shakespeare’s The Tempest conducted by Susanna Mälkki. She makes a return to the New York Philharmonic for performances of Brahms’ German Requiem under Jaap van Zweden. Ying Fang makes her debut with several orchestras this season including the Cleveland Orchestra, led by Franz Welser-Möst, in the role of Echo in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos; the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons and the Hong Kong Philharmonic conducted by Jaap van Zweden for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2; the San Francisco Symphony and Houston Symphony with Jane Glover conducting Handel’s Messiah; and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s under Bernard Labadie at Carnegie Hall for a Mozart program.
The 2017/18 season saw the soprano’s house debut at Opernhaus Zürich as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. She returned to the Metropolitan Opera to sing Noémie in Laurent Pelly’s production of Massenet’s Cendrillon that was broadcast live in HD to cinemas worldwide. She portrayed Morgana in Handel’s Alcina with Washington National Opera and made a house and role debut at Vancouver Opera as Adina in L’Elisir d’amore. Concert appearances included Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri directed by Peter Sellars, with Gustavo Dudamel leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and a solo recital with pianist Ken Noda at Carnegie Hall. Ying Fang returned to the Verbier Festival for a solo recital, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, and a performance of the Fauré Requiem under Marc Minkowski.
A native of Ningbo, China, she is the recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award, the Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award, the Rose Bampton Award of The Sullivan Foundation, The Opera Index Award, and First Prize of the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition.
Ying Fang holds a master’s degree and an Artist Diploma in Opera Study from The Juilliard School and a bachelor’s degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She is a former member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.