Guanqun Yu is one of the most promising sopranos of the younger generation and appears regularly at big opera houses worldwide.
Engagements of the season 2017/18 include a.o. Simone-Amelia at State Opera Hamburg and Mimi at Bavarian State Opera Munich. She will sing Elettra in a new production of Idomeneo at Oper Zürich, where she will perform Liu in Turandot and Micaela in Carmen as well. In the role of Liu she returns at Metropolitan Opera New York. Concert engagements will bring her to Scandinavia and Germany.
In 2016/17 she sang Micaela and Donna Anna in Frankfurt, returned as Mimi to Deutsche Oper Berlin und in the role of Liù to Cologne and made her debut at Vienna State Opera as Contessa in Nozze di Figaro. Engagements of the season before led Yu to Berlin, Zurich, Marseille, as well as once more to Bregenz Festival. She gave her debut as Mathilde in Guillaume Tell at Hamburgische Staatsoper and as Contessa at Bayerische Staatsoper München
In 2014/2015 Yu was Fiordiligi and Desdemona in Cologne, debuted as Nedda in Klagenfurt and as Rosina/Contessa in Los Angeles in the sequel opera productions Ghosts of Versailles and Le Nozze di Figaro, receiving the Grammy for her interpretation of Rosina. Beside that she was Liù at Bregenz Festival and Maria Boccanegra in Frankfurt and Dresden
2013 she gave her Debut as Contessa in Peking and returned to Metropolitan Opera as Fiordiligi and to Valencia as Maria Boccanegra a.o. Furthermore Yu debuted at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in a startling performance as Desdemona.
Invited by Metropolitan Opera, Guanqun Yu gave her debut in New York in fall 2012 with a highly celebrated Trovatore-Leonora, was awarded in the Operalia Singing Competition and sang Lucrezia in Verdis I due Foscari opposite to Domingo in Valencia. In the same season she returned to Valencia as Desdemona under the baton of Zubin Metha. 2013 Yu gave her debut as Contessa in Beijing.
In 2008 Yu became member of the opera studio at Teatro Comunale di Bologna. 2010 she debuted in Jeanne d’Arc under the baton of Bertrand de Billy at the Musikverein Wien. This was followed a.o. by Donna Elvira in Bologna, Lina in Stiffelio at Teatro Regio di Parma (published on DVD) in 2012 and her debut as Trovatore-Leonora at Verdi Festival Busseto.
Born and educated in China, Guanqun Yu already sang big roles as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Gilda (Rigoletto) as part of the opera education programme during her studies in Shandong and Shanghai and participated in concerts at important events. She finally became known outside of China by winning the first price at the famous Belvedere Singing Competition.
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