Yuan Chen-Ye

Yuan Chen-Ye Professor of the Voice and Opera Department of Central Conservatory of Music, Chen-Ye Yuan has appeared on stage of numerous opera houses worldwide, including Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Civic Opera House, Washington National Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Minnesota Opera House, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Pittsburgh Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Opera Omaha, Palm Beach Opera, Vancouver Opera House, Welsh National Opera House, Opera Hong Kong, Shanghai Grand Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing Music Festival, etc. From Monteverdi in the 16th century to Mark Adamo the late 20th, operas he has performed in as a leading role include: Rigoletto, La Traviata, Un Ballo in Maschera, Aida, Falstaff, Lucia di Lammermoor, L'elisir d'amore, Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, La bohème, Le Villi, Il tabarro, Ormindo, Pagliacci, Carmen, Faust, Orpheus, Nixon in China, Little Women, Legend of Yao Ji, A Village Teacher, Farewell My Overlord, the Chinese Orphan, Dr. Sun Yat-sen, etc. With top orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Yuan has performed in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Missa Solemnis in D Major, Haydn’s the Creation, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, Dvorak’s Te Deum, John Adams’s Nixon in China, Ye Xiaogang’s the Song from the Earth, etc. The Baritone has held his recitals in the U.S., Finland, Singapore, Hong Kong and Beijing. By starring as Rigoletto in ten different productions and nearly 50 shows of Mozart’s Rigoletto, Yuan successfully gained his international acclaim, also favorable reviews from Opera News and New York Times. The opera was broadcast live on series activities celebrating Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II as well. The opera Little Women, in which Yuan played one of the leading characters, was broadcast in PBS’s program the Great Performances, with its recording released as CD and DVD by Ondine. Philips released his arias album with China National Symphony Orchestra. In 2009, his live performance in Nixon in China was recorded and issued by Naxos. In Domingo’s inauguration concert as Art Conductor of Washington National Opera, Yuan was invited as solo baritone and later a guest to White House by President Clinton and his wife. Invited by the City of Huston in December 2004, he sang the United States national anthem in the unveiling ceremony of a statue of former President George H. W. Bush. International vocal prizes he’s awarded includes: First Prize for men in the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition, Finland; winner of the 1998 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; First Prize and Audience Choice Awards in the Eleanor McCollum Competition of Houston Grand Opera; Gold Medal in the 1994 International Tchaikovsky Competition (the only Chinese musician awarded Gold Medal in this “Music Olympics”).