BY Hugo Wolf
Soprano LEI XU is now earning equal attention both from western and eastern opera worlds. She has been hailed by Music Weekly and Xinmin Evening News (China) as "A rising star all have to watch".
Ms. Xu has most recently been touring in Asia for concert series, including the first Viennese style New year concert with Maestro Martin Sieghart in Macao, where she sung operetta arias. In 2016, Ms. Xu also made her debut solo concert with Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra in Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall -- one of the foremost concert halls in China. In the same year, Ms. Xu made her appearance in Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Korea. In 2014, She was featured in Houston Grand Opera’s production of BOUND, composed by Huang Ruo, in which she sang the leading role, Diane. She made her Met debut in 2009-2010 season as the First Priestess in the Met HD TV broadcast production of IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE, where she performed with artists such as Plácido Domingo and Susan Graham. Since then, Ms. Xu has been involved with a series of roles with the company; Echo in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS under Fabio Luisi; the First Bridesmaid in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO; A singer in LA RONDINE and A flower maiden in the new HD TV broadcast production of Wagner’s PARSIFAL, under the baton of Danielle Gatti, sharing the stage with Jonas Kaufmann and Réne Pape. Ms. Xu sang Barbaria in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and Papagena in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE with James Conlon conducting the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival. She made her NCPA (National Center of Performing Arts in Beijing) debut in 2014 as Cherubino in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO.
Other leading roles Ms. Xu has sung include: Pamina in the legendary stage director Peter Brook’s award winning production of UNE FLÛTE ENCHANTÉE in Paris at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (2011 Molière Award for Best Musical), Pamina with the Juilliard orchestra in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE under the baton of Gary Wedow at Peter Jay Sharp Theater; Blanche de la Force in LES DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES at Tel Aviv IVAI summer festival; Ilia in Idomeneo at Juillaird; Poppea in L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA at Chautauqua music festival; and Mimì in LA BOHÈME at Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She also made her NCPA (National Center of Performing Arts in Beijing) leading role debut as Norina in DON PASQUALE in the fall of 2014.
Ms. Xu has attended top chamber music festivals such as Ravinia Music Festival's Steans Institute for Young Artists and Marlboro Music Festival where she performed with artists like Richard Goode and Mitsuko Uchida. She appeared in "Friends of Chamber Music" concert in collaboration with pianist Ken Noda and Clarinetist Alexsander Fiterstein, a concert reviewed as one of the "top ten concerts of the year" by "South Florida Classical". Ms. Xu made her Avery Fisher Hall debut as a soprano soloist in Berlioz’s “Les Nuits D’été” with the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Emmanuel Villaume; and her Alice Tully Hall debut performing Handel’s “SALVE REGINA” (HWV 241) with William Christie leading JUILLIARD 415. She was the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah with Nashville Symphony, and performed as soprano soloist in Mozart Requiem with Santa Cruz Symphony.
A native of Nantong, China, Ms. Xu holds a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor’s degree from The Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She was a member of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program from 2009- 2013.
2010 - present
2010 - present