Hongni Wu


Chinese mezzo-soprano Hongni Wu spent two seasons as part of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, making her house debut as Flora in Richard Eyre’s popular production of La traviata under Antonello Manacorda. Further roles on the main stage included Mercédès in Carmen, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Siébel in Gounod’s Faust and, as part of the Young Artists’ Summer Showcase, scenes from Pelléas et Mélisande and Il barbiere di Siviglia. In a production of Hans Werner Henze’s Phaedra at the Linbury Theatre, Wu received unanimous praise for her gripping portrayal of the title role.
Hongni Wu enjoyed a sensational debut as Der Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos at Opéra National de Montpellier last season. She enjoyed further acclaim as Bao Chai in Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber at San Francisco Opera and for the creation of the dual roles of Comrade Chin and Shu Fung in the world premiere of Huang Ruo’s M. Butterfly at Santa Fe Opera.
Wu’s 2022/2023 season includes performances as Angelina in La cenerentola at Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova under Music Director Riccardo Minasi, a role debut as the Kitchen Boy in a new production of Rusalka at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden under Semyon Bychkov, and Ms Wu joining Paavo Järvi and the Philharmonia Orchestra for Mahler’s Symphony No.3 at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
Equally comfortable on the concert as well as recital stage, Hongni Wu recently performed Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Yu Long/Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and Tan Dun/Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra.

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