Soprano Hui He debuted as Aida in Shanghai Grand Theater in 1998. In 2000, she won the Second Prize at Placido Domingo’s International Operalia Competition in Los Angeles, after which she was invited by Maestro Domingo to sing a concert with him in Shanghai. In 2002, Ms. He won the First Prize at the Voci Verdiane in Bussetto. In the same year, she burst into the international music scene with her performance as the title role in Puccini’s Tosca at Teatro Regio in Parma. Since her breakout performance in 2002, Ms. He has appeared on the stages of the most prestigious theatres in the world.
Hui He has won many prestigious awards, such as the Oscar of the Opera by the Arena di Verona Foundation, the “Luigi Illica” prize by the City of Castell’Arquato, the “Juliet” prize awarded by the “Giuseppe Verdi” association in Verona for her interpretation of Aida in 2007, the Kaleidos prize the Prize, “2015 Marcella Pobbe award”, the Angelo Lofolese Award for Achievement in Opera, and “Premio 2022” by Associazione Musicale Verona Lirica.
In the past 25 years of her international opera career, Ms. He has appeared frequently at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Arena di Verona, Deutsche Oper Berlin, State Opera Under den Linden, Opera Bastill in Paris, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Valencia Opera House, China National Centre for the Performing Arts, Tokyo NHK Opera House and Athens National Opera House, among others. She has performed the heroine roles in Aida, Un Ballo in Maschera, Stifelio, Attila, Il trovatore, Simon Boccanegra, La Forza del Destino, Ernani, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, La Bohème, Turandot, Andrea Chénier, Adriana Lecouvreur, La Gioconda, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, and Ariadne Auf Naxos. Hui He has worked with the world-renowned conductors including Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Oren, Fabio Luisi, Marco Armilliato, Andris Nelsons and Gustavo Dudamel. She has participated in opera productions with the world-renowned directors including Franco Zeffirelli, Hugo de Ana, Robert Wilson, Damiano Michieletto to name a few, starring alongside highly acclaimed singers such as Placido Domingo, Renato Bruson, Raina Kabaivanska, Giovanna Casolla, Roberto Alagna and more.
In 2021, Hui He performed the title role in Verdi’s opera Ernani at Teatro Nacional São Carlos, and the title role in Puccini’s Tosca in Staatsoper Hamburg, which marked her 100th performance of Tosca. In 2017, HK journalist Melanie Ho published a book “Journey to the West – He Hui: A Chinese Soprano in the World of Italian Opera”. In 2018, Sony Classic published Hui He’s album “Verdi Opera Arias” recorded with Orchestra of Arena di Verona. In the same year the docufilm “Hui He: A Soprano from the Silk Road” which was directed by Andrea Prandstraller and Niccolò Bruna, was presented at the Biografilm Festival of Bologna and at Rome Festival Cinema d’iDea after successful presentations in China.
Besides her busy singing career, Hui He serves as the Professor of Vocality Department of Xi’an Conservatory of Music. She is deeply fond of painting and in 2021, recommended by the prestigious AVA Gallery in Italy, 13 paintings of Hui were selected and exhibited at World Art Dubai 2021. In the same year, her painting “Wonderful Harmony” was awarded the “Vita Nova” in Dante Alighieri Premio D’arte Internazionale. Her paintings were selected and exhibited again at World Art Dubai 2022.