Xiaomeng Zhang

Baritone Xiaomeng Zhang — a native of Wenzhou, China — enjoys a busy career thanks to his skillful technique and a voice described by the San Francisco Chronicle  as both “sonorous” and “commanding.”

Zhang “handled his arias flawlessly,” wrote the Aspen Times  of his performance as Count Almaviva in The Aspen Music Festival’s 2019 production of Le Nozze di Figaro.  “His frustration-venting aria in Act 3, ‘Vedrò mentr’io sospiro,’ was a miracle of vocal focus and controlled fury.”

Zhang recently completed his Artist Diploma at Juilliard under the tutelage of renowned instructor Marlena Malas. He was a participant in San Francisco’s 2018 Merola Opera Program, and was a 2018 national semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a finalist in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. Zhang has won awards from Opera Index, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Giulio Gari Foundation and the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competitions. He was also the “Audience Favorite” of the Premiere Opera International Vocal competition.

Zhang received his bachelor’s degree at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and his master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music.

In the 2019-2020 season Zhang performs the role of Figaro in Opera Columbus’ new production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia,  directed by Mary Birnbaum; Don Giovanni  for Opera Naples with Maestro Ramon Tebar; and Silvio in Pagliacci  with the Pittsburgh Festival Opera, directed by Chuck Hudson. In the fall of 2020, Zhang will join the prestigious International Opera Studio at Opernhaus Zürich.

At the Juilliard School, Zhang’s roles have included Don Giovanni  under the baton of Joseph Colaneri, Le Feuteuil/Arbre in Lenfant et les sortileges,  Kuligin in Katya Kabanova,  Minskman in Flight,  Giove in La Calisto  and Presto in Les mamelles de Tirésias.   He has performed the role of Belcore in LElisir dAmore  at A.R.E. Opera and Tancredi in Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda  with Ensemble Connect at Carnegie Hall.

In concert, Zhang has performed as soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with Queens College Choral Society, in Yellow River Cantata  with New Jersey Festival Orchestra, and in Mozart’s Requiem  and Dvořák’s Te Deum  with New York City Master Chorale.  He also performed as Don Giovanni  in the Roma at Narnia Festival; as Schaunard in La Bohème  at the Chautauqua Music Festival; and as Licinio in Aureliano in Palmira  and Fernando in Fidelio  with the Caramoor Summer Music Festival.

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