Yun Hong Zhao

Signature Image: 

Zhao Yun Hong is known in media circles as “the Oriental Nightingale,” and for good reason.

The soprano’s interpretations of the main roles in some of the world’s greatest operas have been unanimously praised by critics and audiences in hundreds of performances.

A native of Dali province, Zhao Yun Hong was admitted to the China Conservatory of Music in 1988, where her talent quickly stood out. A year after her admission, she was selected by China’s Ministry of Culture to study voice at the prestigious Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, which conferred her with a Master of Art degree. Guided by the celebrated Russian singer and teacher E. Malennikova, Zhao Yun Hong passed the rigorous Russian National Art Examination in 1995. She soon after began a series of acclaimed performances in more than 1,000 operas, plays and solo recitals led by famous conductors including R. Mutti and V. Svetlannov.

Zhao has distinguished herself in Russia, Germany, Italy, Japan and other countries in memorable roles as Magnetite in Gounud’s “Faust” and as Olympia in the play “Hoffman.” Her string of successes includes “Le nozze di Figaro,” “Don Giovanni,” “Cosi Fan Tutti,” “Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail,” “La Traviata” and “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” in their original languages. She is recognized as one of the most outstanding sopranos by leading Chinese papers and magazines, CCTV, as well as Russia Culture TV.

Zhao is Chorus Master of the China Foreign Department and heads the Vocal Art Research Institute at the China Conservatory. She takes some time away from teaching Masters classes by serving on juries at international competitions, including the 13th International Tchaikovsky Vocal Competition, the 5th Vladivostok International Young Singers Competition, the 2nd Wilhelm Stenhammar international music competition and others. Zhao is a strong advocate of world peace, and uses her cache as renowned soprano to promote friendship across borders. She did just this by singing a few songs to contribute to the 2010 Peace Concert program to further not only her mission but also that of Harmony for Peace.