Cathy-di Zhang

Cathy-di Zhang

Lyric Soprano

Australian soprano living and working in Europe
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«"...Leading the first cast, Cathy-Di Zhang is beautifully affecting as Cinders, or Lucette as she is in this version. Zhang’s silvery tone is shiveringly transporting, her phrasing natural and graceful, and so is her musicality — here is a soprano unafraid to let you focus in as she scales back for a rapt pianissimo..."»
The Times (2017)
«"...i primi brani sono state cinque delle Canzoni irlandesi WoO 152, 153 e 154 di Ludwig van Beethoven…Ottima scelta come ouverture, le canzoni hanno avuto il merito di mostrare fin da subito la raffinata vocalità di Zhang, che ha reso con cullante tono narrativo il carattere popolare, supportata con cura dal trio… le Cinq mélodies populaires grecques di Ravel…Sul repertorio francese il soprano si è trovato particolarmente a suo agio, cantando con grande raffinatezza e presenza scenica..."»
amadeus (2017)
«"...But it was the orchestra and the main trio of voices that turned a competent performance into an outstanding one…As Lauretta, Cathy-Di Zhang’s big moment is “O mio babbino caro”: it may not be the most technically challenging soprano aria in the repertoire, but it’s one of the most charming, and Zhang delivered it with grace and winning warmth. At the end of the aria, as Lauretta snuggles persuasively up to her father, Wang delivered a slight shrug of the shoulders and a raised eyebrow, as if to say “well, what can you do after that”? After Zhang’s lovely singing, it brought the house down…”»
bachtrack (2017)
2016Puccini: Gianni SchicchiNella
2015Puccini: Gianni SchicchiLauretta
2014Massenet: CendrillonCendrillon
2010Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelGretel
2009Bellini: La SonnambulaLisa

Bio

Australian soprano, Cathy-Di Zhang, graduated from the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music in London. For Royal Academy Opera, she performed the title role of Massenet’s Cendrillon and Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. In opera scenes at the Academy, she has sung the roles of Tatyana (Evgeny Onegin), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites), Wellgunde (Das Rheingold), Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro). Cathy-Di also completed a Master of Arts (Vocal Studies) at the Royal Academy of Music during 2010-2012 and graduated with Distinction and a Dip.RAM for an outstanding final recital.
Since graduating, Cathy-Di has made some important debuts in Europe in 2016. In concert, she has performed Mozart with the l’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève in Victoria Hall in Switzerland, conducted by Arie van Beek. She was also a soloist in the closing concert of the “Rencontres Musicales de Chaon" Festival with l'Orchestre Symphonique d’Orlèans under Marius Stieghorst in France. 
In recital, Cathy-Di has performed in quartet for the Sonora ’16 Festival at the Stadttheatre “Teatro Puccini” in Merano, Italy with violinist and composer Marcello Fera, cellist Alberto Casadei and pianist Filippo Faes. 
In opera, Cathy-Di was a part of English National Opera's "ENO Opera Squad" where she sang scenes from Don Giovanni (Donna Anna) in secondary schools in London, UK. She was a young artist for Les Azuriales Opera in Nice, France during the Summer where she sang the role of Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, directed by Alessandro Talevi. 
Also in 2016, Cathy-Di was the winner of the Audience Prize in the Les Azuriales International Singing Competition in Nice, France and was a semi-finalist in the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition in Dublin, Ireland. She was also the recipient of a Postgraduate Vocal Fellowship from Independent Opera UK and was the winner of the Australian Opera and Auditions Committee’s Opera Award, for which she gave a concert in the Utzon Room at the Sydney Opera House in 2015.
In 2014 Cathy-Di participated in both Georg Solti Accademia masterclasses. During Easter, she was a part of the Solti Peretti Repetiteurs’ Course at the Fondazione Cini in Venice, Italy and in the Summer, she returned for the singer’s bel canto course in Castiglione della Pescaia and then went with the Accademia to the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. She worked on the Italian bel canto repertoire and performed in concerts. 
In the Summer of 2013, Cathy-Di participated in the Mozart Residency at Festival Aix-en-Provence in France where she performed excerpts from Le nozze di Figaro (Contessa), Die Zauberflöte (Pamina), Don Giovanni (Donna Anna) and Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi) in concerts.
From 2012-2013, whilst in between courses at the Royal Academy, she completed English National Opera’s “Opera Works” programme where she studied excerpts from Idomeneo (Ilia), La clemenza di Tito (Servilia), and Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi). 
In Australia, previous to coming to study London, Cathy-Di sang the roles of Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) and Lisa (La Sonnambula) for Pacific Opera in Sydney, Australia, where she was a young artist from 2008-2010. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Accounting) with Distinction from the University of New South Wales, Australia. 
Cathy has participated in masterclasses with Edward Gardener, Richard Bonynge, John Copley, Thomas Allen, Barbara Frittoli, Mariella Devia, Luciana Serra, Susan Bullock, Angelika Kirchschlager, Ann Murray, Felicity Lott and Barbara Bonney.
In 2017, Cathy-Di will be performing in various chamber music recitals in Europe, including for the Sagra Musicale Malatestiana Festival and also at the Teatro Umberto Giordano in Foggia, Italy. 
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi Nella 1 week Les Azuriales Opera 2016
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi Lauretta 1 week Royal Academy Opera 2015
Massenet: Cendrillon Cendrillon 1 week Royal Academy Opera 2014
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel Gretel 1 week Pacific Opera 2010
Bellini: La Sonnambula Lisa 1 week Pacific Opera 2009

Awards

Les Azuriales Opera singing competition - audience prize
2017
independent opera postgraduate fellowship
2017
Australian auditions and opera committee - opera award
2017