Chinese-born bass-baritone Shenyang was propelled into the spotlight in 2007 when, at the tender age of 23, he won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. After initial studies at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, he went on to graduate from The Julliard School, the Salzburg Young Artist Project and to join the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program, which marked the beginning of an ongoing relationship with the prestigious theatre where he most recently appeared as Sprecher in Julie Taymor’s beloved production of Die Zauberflöte, conducted by Antony Walker.
Opera highlights of the intervening seasons include the title role in Le nozze di Figaro which he sang for the first time at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and subsequently for Seattle Opera, and Alidoro in Rossini’s La cenerentola marking his debuts at Glyndebourne Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zürich and Washington National Opera. At the Metropolitan Opera, he has appeared in La cenerentola under Fabio Luisi, as Masetto in a new production of Don Giovanni under Sir Andrew Davis, as Garibaldo in Handel’s Rodelinda under Harry Bicket – released on DVD by Decca - and as Colline in La bohème under Marco Armiliato. In concert version, Shenyang has appeared as Zoroastro in Handel’s Orlando on tour with the English Concert and Harry Bicket, as Leporello in Don Giovanni with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and as Allazim in Mozart’s Zaïde with Ensemble ACJW and David Robertson at Carnegie Hall.