Monday, November 5, 2012

Introducing Cheng Hai-Yun (鄭海芸)

Cheng Hai-Yun is a lyric-mezzo and a fast rising star in Taiwan's classical music scene. Having already earned a doctorate in vocal classical music at the Boston University while still in her mid-thirties, she teaches at a few universities and schools in Taiwan (including my own Soochow University) and performs in many high-profile performances on the island. While in the US she had received lessons from Simon Estes and sung with the Boston Baroque.

But despite a growing teaching career, she is still very much a contender in the competitive field of live opera performance. Roles she has performed include Carmen, Meg Page (in Falstaff), Prince Orlovsky (in Die Fledermaus) and Kate Pinkerton (in Madama Butterfly) plus supporting roles in Sour Angelica and Elektra. Her signature role is definitely Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, a part that she has inhabited for many years and performed in numerous productions around the island.

Here are some clips of her singing. You may contact her at for any information or opportunities for collaboration.

Voi che sapete (from 'Le Nozze di Figaro') - Cheng Hai-Yun 鄭海芸

Parto, parto (from 'La Clemenza di Tito') - Hai-Yun Cheng 鄭海芸

Una voce poco fa (from 'Il Barbiere di Silviglia') - Hai-Yun Cheng 鄭海芸

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