Yajie Zhang


Mezzo-soprano In the ensemble of the Oper Leipzig since 2022/23

2022/23 - Suzuki in "Madama Butterfly", Hansel in "Hansel and Gretel

HOMETOWN - Anhui, China

EDUCATION - Shanghai and Hanover, member of the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera

IMPORTANT DIRECTORS - Pinchas Steinberg, Gustavo Dudamel, Vladimir Jurowski, Marek Janowski, Keri-Lynn Wilson

IMPORTANT DIRECTORS - Barrie Kosky, Frank Castorf

GUEST ROLES - Braunschweig State Theatre, Trier Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Bavarian State Opera, Cologne Opera, Opéra national de Paris

FURTHER ENGAGEMENTS - numerous recitals, often with Hartmut Höll at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Pierre Boulez Hall in Berlin, the Nantali Music Festival and the Oxford Lieder Festival, among others.

OTHER MAJOR PARTS - Cherubino in "Le nozze di figaro", La Muse/Nikolaus in "The Tales of Hoffmann", Dorabella in "Così fan tutte", Maddalena in "Rigoletto", title role in "Zanetto"

HONORS / AWARDS - 's- Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition 2019, Grand Prix; "Das Lied" International Song Competition 2019, 2nd Prize; Berlin International Music Competition 2019, 1st Grand Prize; International Moniuszko Vocal Competition 2019, Lied Prize; Debut International Singing Competition 2018, 2nd Prize, Lied Prize and Gottlob Frick Society Prize; 's- Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition 2017, Opera Prize and Junior Jury Prize.

LINK Homepage - https://www.yajiezhang.com/

Which fictional character would you like to invite to dinner?
The witch from Hansel and Gretel, she might be able to help with the baking.

Favourite quote from a work, an opera, a book, a Netflix series ...?
Per aspera ad astra. (Over rough paths one reaches the stars).

Favourite moment on the evening of a performance?
The second part of the performance after the interval. The character is completely in the body.