Mario ZHANG  Tenor
 
 
  BIOGRAPHY  

 

A “heroicly coloured voice with all the necessary lyrism” the press wrote on Mario Zhang’s successful debut as CALAF at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. A role, he also sang at the Semper Opera Dresden, the Vienna Volksoper, the Zurich Opera House, the Schwerin Festival, the Wiesbaden National Theatre, the State Opera Prague, the Bratislava National Opera… just to name a few.
Besides, the tenor could also be seen in Bratislava as CAVARADOSSI and as MANRICO in a new production of ‘Il Trovatore’ on the occasion of the operning of the new opera house.

Before, he sang such operas as Rigoletto, La Traviata, Aida, La Bohème, Tosca, Carmen, Les Contes d’Hoffman and many more at the Welsh National Opera, the Wexford Opera, the Royal Opera Copenhagen, the Polish National Opera, the Cologne Opera, in Dublin, Hanover, Kiel, the Cleveland Opera, the Sacramento Opera, the Sarasota Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, the Pacific Opera Victoria As DON JOSE he was very successful at the Semper Opera Dresden.

Mario Zhang regularly performs at the Intenational Music Festival Chiemgau. He could be seen here as DON CARLO, RADAMES, RODOLFO and many others. 2011 he made his debut as ALVARO at the Schwerin Castle Festival and was celebrated as HOFFMANN in Breslau. The Canadian citizen performed as a concert soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Welsh National Radio Orchestra and the Munich Symphony Orchestra.

„..a lusty and movable voice, full of puissance
and blessed by a nearly inexhaustible energy..”
Opernnetz.de

The tenor graduated at the London Royal College of Music, before winning the first prize at the National Clonter Opera Competition in London. Furthermore he was a finalist at the Placido Domingo International Opera Competition and the Metropolitan Opera Competition.

Televised performances of the artist include among others a production of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and a opera gala concert with the Welsh National Radio Zu seinen meistgesungenen Partien zählt Mario Zhang den RADAMES, den er u.a. in einer großen Produktion von AIDA u.a. in Paris, Marseille, Brüssel, Lissabon, Budapest, Stuttgart, Dortmund sang, in der Open-Air-Produktion der Eutiner Festspiele, an den Städtischen Bühnen Münster, an der Nationaloper Bratislava, an der Staatsoper Prag, sowie auch mit der Staatsoper Budapest in China und beim Internationalen Mozartfestival in Pravets.

One of Mario Zhang’s most frequently sung roles is RADAMES, that he interpreted a.o. in a huge AIDA production in Paris, Marseille, Brussels, Lisbon, Budapest, Stuttgart, in the open-air-production of the Eutin Festival, at the Munster City Theatre, the Bratislava National Opera and the Prague State Opera.and the international Mozart Festival Pravets.

In the 2016/17 he is a.o cALAF at the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania and CAVARADOSSI at the Taillinn National Opera.

“His voluminous and still smooth tone fascinates from the first moment.
No deficit regarding the high tones“

 
 
 
REPERTOIRE
Bizet Carmen Don Jose
  Les Pêcheurs de Perles Nadir
Donizetti La Fille du Regiment Tonio
  Lucia di Lammermoor Edgardo
Gounod Faust Faust
Janacek Jenufa Stewa
Lehar Das Land des Lächelns Sou-Chong
Leoncavallo I Pagliacci Canio
Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana Turiddu
Offenbach Les Contes d’ Hoffmann Hoffmann
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Rinuccio
  La Boheme Rudolfo
  Tosca Cavaradossi
  Turandot Calaf
Verdi La Traviata Alfredo
  Don Carlo Don Carlo
  Aida Radames
     
 
 
REVIEWS
 
Aida – RADAMES - Salzburg Festival House
„Her Chinese-born Radames ( Mario Zhang) has a beautiful voice, wchich he never forces. Mario Zhang sings with a considerable legato and the experienced conductor rightly gave him the oportunity to proove it“
Der neue Merker
Turandot - CALAF – German Opera Berlin
„Undisputed star of the October 18 cast was Mario Zhang who stepped in for an ailing Carlo Ventre as Calaf. The Canadian tenor sang the role at Dresden’s Semper Oper early in the year and was immediately engaged by other European companies. His rich and robust voice, employed with ease even at the most demanding moments, suggests that he could be the tenor the world waits for.“
Opera Today
Turandot - CALAF – Munster City Theatre
„Mario Zhang returns to the Munster City Theatre as the unknown prince CALAF. His heroic, slightly baritonal tenor grants him sufficient power to stand up to the exertions of the Riddle Scene and the short duet before. But still, he has enough power to bewitch with his arias in an enchanting, belcanto manner….'It was possible to engage Mario Zhang for the part of Radames. His voice is strongly coloured by baritone and he is handling her effortlessly staying firm in altitudes. Anyway he makes the half of a symphony out of the one or the other note. But who’s not enthused by this?”
Der neue Merker
Il Trovatore – MANRICO - Nationaloper Bratislava National Opera
“ Mario Zhang (Manrico) sang with confidence and grace…”
The Slovak Spectator
 
 
 
SZENENFOTOS
Theater Hof - Aida - RADAMES
 
Theater Hof - Aida - RADAMES
 
Theater Lübeck - Turandot - KALAF
 
Internationales Musikfestival Chiemgau - Aida - RADAMES
 
Internationales Musikfestival Chiemgau - Il Trovatore - MANRICO