MC 08 – Nelly Miricioiu and Zhenhua Chang

06 augustus 2013

*Nelly Miricioiu*
Hailed as a singing-actress, Nelly is one of the most versatile artists of our day. Her repertoire extends from Mozart and bel canto to Verdi, Puccini and the verismo to modern italian opera Respighi and Zandonai, taking in French and Russian composers too. As Rodney Milnes wrote in Opera Magazine “this extroadinary diva can sing anything and sing it well “.
Since her Covent Garden debut in 1982 as Nedda in I Pagliacci opposite John Vickers, Piero Cappuccili and Thomas Allen and the 1983 triumphant La Scala debut as Lucia di Lammermoor, Nelly has been heard in all major opera houses of the world. She has worked with some of the most prestigious conductors and directors (in leading roles that include Tosca with Jose Carreras, Jose Cura, Neil Schicoff), Mimi (with Placido Domingo), Violetta in La Traviata (with Franco Bonisolli, Roberto Alagna, Renato Bruson, Alfredo Kraus) and opposite many other leading artists of the day. It was the bel canto repertoire and her dedication to rediscovering forgotten operas where Nelly found her niche. Universally acclaimed for her luscious sound, beautifully constructed technique and exceptional theatrical stage presence, Michael Davdison wrote about her in an article in Opera Magazine: “The highly individual timbre of Miricioiu’s voice, her imagination and intensity, her exceptional range and sense of timing make for a unique talent. ”

*Zhenhua Chang*, Baritone

. Born in Jilin province in Nov.1982 in China, Zhenhua Chang is a graduate of Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands with a bachelor degree since 2007. In 2009 Zhenhua finished his study from The Dutch National Opera Academy with a master degree in opera. Zhenhua Chang was trained under American soprano Ms Barbara Pearson. Zhenhua Chang has attended a masterclass with the world famous Bass-baritone
 Jose Van Dam and performed a recital together with Mr. Van Dam in the Dr. Anton Philipszaal in The Hague. Zhenhua also attended masterclasses by Nelly Miricioiu, Graciela Araya, Mark Tucker and Paula Chateauneuf, Ryland Davies, Kenneth Montgomery, and Meinard Kraak, Miranda van Kralingen, Henk Smit and David Wilson-Johnson.

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