Ying Huang

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Ying Huang at FT Women at the Top in 2011

Ying Huang is a Chinese operatic soprano. She first came to international attention when she sang the title role in Frédéric Mitterrand's 1995 film adaptation of Madama Butterfly and went on to an international career both in opera and on the concert stage.

She was born and raised in Shanghai, and at 18 began five years of study at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. After winning second prize in the 19th Concours International de Chant de Paris, she appeared regularly on Shanghai television and performed in Taiwan and North Korea in various cultural exchange programs. In 1994, director Frédéric Mitterrand and conductor James Conlon saw a video tape of her performance in the Paris Concours de Chant and auditioned her for the lead role in Mitterrand's film of Madama Butterfly. Her success in the film led to Conlon inviting her to perform in several concerts with the Cologne Philharmonic and to her operatic stage debut as Nannetta in Verdi's Falstaff at the Cologne Opera in 1996. That same year she appeared with Plácido Domingo and Michael Bolton in the Christmas in Vienna concert which was both televised and released on CD.

Her US operatic debut came in 1999 when she sang Sophie in Massenet's Werther opposite Denyce Graves and Andrea Bocelli at Michigan Opera Theater. She later returned to the Michigan Opera Theater to appear as Despina in Così fan tutte, as Norina in Don Pasquale and as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro. She made her debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera on 29 December 2006 as Pamina in The Magic Flute, the first of its operas to simulcast in movie theaters, returning in 2009 as Amore in Orfeo ed Euridice and as Giannetta in L'elisir d'amore.

In 2013, Huang recorded the song "The Kiss" with the Chinese National Symphony Orchestra for the film Amazing. She performed the song with the orchestra as the opening act of 2013's Shanghai International Film Festival.[1]

Ying Huang's world premiere performances include:

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