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Fang will sing Wagner and Donizetti at the Met this season.
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Y ING FANG sings with exquisite simplicity and directness. The twenty-eight-year-old soprano never forces her sound or indulges in coloratura “flash.” She is incapable of vulgarity; her dignity is unshakeable, and her powers of persuasion are sovereign. This month, Fang is perfectly cast as the Shepherd in the Met’s revival of Tannhäuser, which will be shown internationally as part of The Met: Live in HD series. Later in the season, Fang sings her first Met performances of Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore.

Born in Ningbo, China, Fang received her undergraduate degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Music and her master’s degree and an artist diploma from Juilliard. Her extraordinary gifts were apparent in Fang’s earliest U.S. engagements. In 2013, when Fang was cast as the featherweight Contessa di Folleville in Wolf Trap’s production of Il Viaggio a Reims, Anne Midgette’s review in The Washington Post said the soprano, “pulled [Folleville’s aria] off beautifully, managing to be funny and singing so well that you wanted to keep listening.” Her notable performances in New York have included Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro on the opening night of the Met’s 2014–15 season, the title role in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Aulide for the Met+Juilliard and Susanna in Stephen Wadsworth’s Juilliard staging of Figaro. OPERA NEWS’s Fred Cohn called Fang’s Susanna “treasurable. It would be a misnomer to call Fang ‘promising’ — she is already a fully achieved performer.”

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