World renowned Soprano Madam Manhua Gao and 25 Other Stars from China to Perform in Raleigh’s Meymandi
A native of Tianjin, China, Ms. ManHua Gao is a soprano of critical acclaim. Equally at home on opera stages and in concert halls, she is one of the few vocal artists from China who maintains an active schedule on an international level, garnering praises both as an “excellent musician” with “on-button technique and tone,” and as a performer showing “world-class qualities with her artistry, intelligence and musicality.”
Madam Gao first became known nationally in China after she sang the classical Chinese song “Ocean Harbor” when she was a young traffic police officer. She was soon recruited by the famous Oriental Song and Dance Ensemble” and admitted into Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 1985, she came to Boston College for further study, and began her music career in the United States and on world stages.
She has performed more than 20 leading roles with many major opera houses in over 30 states in the United States, including the San Francisco Opera Company, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Hawaii Opera Theater, and around the world, including Italy, Hungary, Germany, Japan, Singapore, and Canada. Her performance of the title roles such as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Violetta in La Traviata, and Butterfly in Madam Butterfly are always delightful. She has also sung Liu in Turandot, Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Ginevra in Ariodante, and Madame Goldentrill in The Impresario. Other credits include the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflot, Micaela in Garmen, Elvira in I Puritani, and Marianne in Der Rosenkavalier. In October of 2001, Madam Gao was invited to sing the leading role of the opera, The Thunderstorm, in its world premiere performance at the Shanghai Grand Opera House. Her performances of Leonora in Il Trovatore with the Hong Kong Opera Company that same year also received many praises. As recently as last May, Madam Gao sang the title role of Madame Butterfly and Violetta with Shanghai Opera Company and Tianjin Symphony Orchestra.
Madam Gao made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1986. As a soloist, she has performed with major Symphony Orchestras around world, and has sung the parts in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Britten’s War Requiem and Rossini’s Stabat Mater. She returns regularly to China, Hong Kong and Singapore as a concert soloist. Featured prominently as a guest artist in the International Arts Festival in Shanghai in recent years, Madam Gao continues to showcase her talent to major audiences worldwide.
At 7:30PM on May 17, residents in North Carolina will have an opportunity to see Madam Gao presenting her first appearance on a North Carolina stage in Raleigh Duke Energy Center’s Meymandi Hall as a honored guest in the critically acclaimed music, dance and opera showcase “Impression China” along with 25 other star performers from China. For show information call: 919-649-7407 or visit: www.carolina-chinacouncil.org.
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