Soprano Ying Fang 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 is the foundation for two auspicious debuts for Ms. Fang. Her debut at the Salzburger Festspiele in a new production of Idomeneo reunites her with director Peter Sellars. She also returns to the Metropolitan Opera for a role debut as Servilia in the Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production La Clemenza di Tito. Another season highlight includes Ms. Fang rejoining the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Hall, in collaboration with The Old Globe Theatre of San Diego, as Juno for performances of the incidental music to Shakespeare’s The Tempestby Sibelius conducted by Susanna Mälkki. She makes a return to the New York Philharmonic for performances of the Brahms Requiem under Jaap van Zweden. Ms. Fang debuts with several orchestras this season including the Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst as 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; the Malaysian Philharmonic under Roberto Abbado and North Carolina Symphony under Carlos Miguel Prieto for Orff’s Carmina Burana; and a Carnegie Hall concert with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s under Bernard Labadie for Mozart’s “Venga la morte….Non temer, amato bene,” K. 490.
The 2017-2018 season saw Ms. Fang’s house debut at Opernhaus Zürich as Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. She returned to the Metropolitan Opera to sing Noémie in a new production of Massenet’s Cendrillon directed by Laurent Pelly that was broadcast worldwide via Live in HD. Ms. Fang portrayed Morgana in Handel’s Alcina with Washington National Opera. She also made a house and role debut at Vancouver Opera as Adina in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore. Concert appearances included Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel and directed by Peter Sellars; a recital with pianist Ken Noda at Carnegie Hall featuring Schubert lieder; and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Montclair Symphony conducted by David Chan. Ms. Fang returned to the Verbier Festival for Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 conducted by Christoph Eschenbach; performances of the Fauré Requiem under Mark Minkowski; and a solo recital. She also appeared in concert with the Verbier Chamber Ensemble at Schloss Elmau.