|Ziwen Xiang spent five important developmental
years at China National Opera, where having begun as a lowly chorister, he
ended his stint there as a designated a principal soloist. Under the
auspices of this company he was heard in both opera and concert in numerous
countries including Italy, Syria, and Turkey. Mr. Xiang moved to the
USA in 2014, and July made his U.S. opera debut as Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata
in Martina Arroyo’s Young Artist Prelude Development Program in New York
City. That fall he began his studies at New York’s prestigious Manhattan
School of Music, where he was under the tutelage of Joan Patenaude-Yarnell
and Marlena Malas. In May 2016 he was earned a Master of Music Degree
in Voice Performance.
Increasingly in demand, March 2019 featured Mr. Xiang at the Sino U.S. Artist Association as tenor soloist in their Spring Concert (3/19), and at New York’s Opera America as the Duke in scenes from Verdi’s Rigoletto. Following this was an interview regarding an upcoming performance on Woodstock Radio. On May 16 he performed a Verdi and Puccini Concert at The Old Dutch Church in Kingston NY. On June 21 he makes his debut with the prestigious New York City Opera in Stonewall an opera written by Ian Bell and Mark Campbell. 2018 heard him as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi at the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s special member lecture performances.
Operatic performances to his credit include Puccini’s La Bohème (Rodolfo) and La Rondine (Prunier), Verdi’s La Traviata (Alfredo) and Rigoletto (Duke), Otto Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor (Fenton), and Donizetti’s Don Pasquale (Ernesto). On the concert stage he has been heard as tenor soloist in Mozart’s C Minor Mass and Verdi’s Requiem, conducted by Mr. Kent Tritle, the music director of the prestigious Cathedral of St. John the Divine. He sang the Bach’s Cantata BWV 140, and Handel’s Messiah at Co-Cathedral of St.Joseph. He made his New York Recital debut at Carnegie Hall in March 2017.