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As the winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World in 2007, Shenyang was immediately propelled into the spotlight with an array of international engagements including debuts at the Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zürich and Washington National Opera. A decade on, this Chinese Bass-baritone has established himself as one of the finest voices of his generation, amassed an expansive repertoire for both the opera and concert stages, and enjoys enduring relationships with a wide range of today’s pre-eminent conductors.


Shenyang’s recent appearances include with Berliner Philharmoniker/Harding for Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Rouvali for Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex, and Helsinki Philharmonic/Mäkelä for Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death, at the Beijing Music Festival for the Chinese premiere of Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel, and the hugely successful world premiere of Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion at Dresdner Musikfestspiele, a work which subsequently served as the vehicle of Shenyang’s debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and was extensively toured across China with Orchestre National de Lyon. In a nod to a more dramatic future repertoire, Shenyang debuted as Don Pizarro in Beethoven’s Leonore with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Honeck; Jochanaan in concert performances of Salome with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Liebreich; and a unanimously-praised Gunther in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra/van Zweden (recorded by Naxos).