Soprano Ying Fang has been hailed for her “pure and moving soprano, phrasing with scrupulous respect for the line, and traveling with assurance through mercurial moods,” and for “singing with a fresh, appealing soprano” (The New York Times).
Ms. Fang’s 2017–2018 season began with a house debut at Zürich Opera as Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Additional opera highlights this season include a return to the Metropolitan Opera to sing Noémie in Massenet’s Cendrillon in a new production directed by Laurent Pelly, performances as Morgana in Handel’s Alcina with Washington National Opera, and a house debut at Vancouver Opera as Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. Concert appearances include Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the Los Angeles Philharmonic directed by Peter Sellars and conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Montclair Orchestra conducted by David Chan. Ms. Fang also returns to the Verbier Festival for a solo recital and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, and performs in concert with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra at Schloss Elmau.
Ms. Fang’s 2016–2017 season included Metropolitan Opera appearances as Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Elvira in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri, and Jano in Janáček’s Jenůfa. She also portrayed Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in a Stephen Lawless production for Opera Philadelphia, and sang Bellezza in Handel’s Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with conductor Emmanuelle Haïm and Opéra de Lille. Ms. Fang appeared with the New York Philharmonic in a concert of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 conducted by Alan Gilbert, and in an all-Mozart program conducted by Bernard Labadie. She also performed Handel’s Messiah with The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann, sang Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Manfred Honeck, performed Telemann’s Der Tag des Gerichts in Chicago with Music of the Baroque Orchestra conducted by Jane Glover, and joined St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble for a Schubertiade in New York.
A native of Ningbo, China, Ms. Fang is the recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award, Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award, Opera Index Award, The Sullivan Foundation’s Rose Bampton Award, and first prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition. In 2009, Ms. Fang become one of the youngest singers to win one of China’s most prestigious awards, the China Golden Bell Award for Music. She has been hailed as “the most gifted Chinese soprano of her generation” (Ningbo Daily).
Ms. Fang holds a master’s degree and an artist diploma in opera study from The Juilliard School, as well as a bachelor’s degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She was a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
Ken Noda is Musical Advisor at the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, where he coaches young singers and collaborative pianists. Born in New York City to Japanese parents, Mr. Noda studied with Daniel Barenboim. He has performed as a soloist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Toronto, Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Berliner Philharmoniker, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, under such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Rafael Kubelík, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, André Previn, and Mr. Barenboim.
Mr. Noda has collaborated as a chamber musician with Mr. Levine (at two pianos), Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Nigel Kennedy, and the Emerson String Quartet, and as an accompanist for Kathleen Battle, Hildegard Behrens, Maria Ewing, Aprile Millo, Kurt Moll, James Morris, Jessye Norman, Matthew Polenzani, Dawn Upshaw, and Deborah Voigt. He is closely associated with the Marlboro Music Festival and taught at the Renata Scotto Opera Academy at the invitation of Ms. Scotto. Mr. Noda has been a regular guest coach and performer for The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall at the invitation of Marilyn Horne since 2009. He was also a music assistant to the Metropolitan Opera’s former music director James Levine from 1991 to 2017. Mr. Noda will retire from his full-time position at the Metropolitan Opera in July 2019, continuing to coach for the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program as Honorary Teacher.