As one of most renowned Soprano in China, Liping Zhang is now Head of the Voice and Opera Department of Central Conservatory of Music(CCOM). She has been teaching in CCOM since her return from Canada in 2001. With cooperation with the world’s top opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, Bayerisches Staatsorchester München, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra national de Paris, Barcelona Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Regio di Parma, etc. Zhang has played important roles in Madama Butterfly, La bohème, Lucia di Lammermoor, Turandot, La Traviata, Carmen, Rigoletto, Faust, the Marriage of Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, etc. As one of the world’s most active sopranos, she has been on stage around the world including China, the U.K., the U.S., France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Norway and Iceland.
In March 2004, Zhang played the role of Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, ranking the first Chinese enrolled as the leading lady by the Metropolitan Opera. Stirring up enormous sensation, her photo was put on homepage of the opera’s website, which equaled her debut to Pavarroti’s retirement in that year. She returned to the Metropolitan Opera to play Liù in Turandot In April 2007, receiving high praise from the opera and audience. In the end of 2011, again Zhang costarred with Domingo in a production of Madama Butterfly in the Metropolitan Opera. The 3D film Madama Butterfly she starred in has been premiered in Europe this spring, and will be played in theatres around the world soon.
Released in October 2010 by EMI, her first album Arias was highly evaluated. Parts of this album were selected in EMI’s yearly opera collections, together with those of acclaimed singers such as Callas, Domingo and Carreras.
The soprano’s recital was held in National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), January 10, 2009, followed by a continuous success: in the 1st NCPA Opera Festival, she performed the leading role in Tosca and Madama Butterfly (with Teatro La Fenice); in October, she starred in the opera Xi Shi, the first original opera produced by NCPA; in 2010 Opera Festival, she acted the title role in Xi Shi and La Traviata (conducted by Lorin Maazel) , and sang in a concert with maestro Leo Nucci; in May 2011, she sang the leading role in Tosca in Guangzhou Opera House and also La bohème with Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra.
There is a huge photo of Zhang hung in front of Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where she has appeared four times and has acted as the title role in Turandot, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, Carmen and Lucia di Lammermoor. As a star with pull at the box office, her photos were all around London on metro, buses and front pages of major newspapers and magazines during the season. The first and only Chinese star in ROH, Zhang has earned great honor for China in the world of opera.
Zhang’s photo was also put on front page of the website of Opéra national de Paris. Her debut in 2006 was warmly welcomed among French audience. In 2005, she acted in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Rio Rucci in Parma, Italy. It was the profound understanding of Italian culture expressed through her voice that impressed the local people.