Celebrity Series of Boston
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director
Ying Fang, soprano
Ken Noda, piano
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 8pm — Longy’s Pickman Hall
(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present Ying Fang, soprano with pianist Ken Noda on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at 8pm at Longy’s Pickman Hall, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA. The 2019-20 Debut Series is generously sponsored by Harried & David Griesinger and the Longy School of Music of Bard College. This performance is made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Innovation Funds.
Tickets are limited and start at $60. They are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, or by calling (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
This performance will be the Boston debut for Ying Fang.
“A star in the making,” according to The New York Times, and hailed as “the most gifted Chinese soprano of her generation,” by the Ningbo Daily, soprano Ying Fang is cultivating a burgeoning international career on some of the world’s most important opera and concert stages. A former member of the Lindemann Young Artist Program, she has appeared in ten productions at the Metropolitan Opera, most recently her role debut as Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito in 2019. The New York Times praised her performance as "a source of pure joy and light...sung with a soprano of succulent sweetness."
A native of Ningbo, China, Fang is the recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award, the Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award, the Rose Bampton Award of The Sullivan Foundation, The Opera Index Award, and First Prize of the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition. In 2009, she become one of the youngest singers to win one of China’s most prestigious awards – the China Golden Bell Award for Music. She has been hailed as “the most gifted Chinese soprano of her generation” by Ningbo Daily.
Ms. Fang’s operatic season in 2019-20 is comprised of a house debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago as Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni led by James Gaffigan; a return to the Metropolitan Opera for a role debut as Sophie in Sir Richard Eyre’s production of Massenet’s Werther under the baton of Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Pamina in Julie Taymor’s magical production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte conducted by Lothar Koenigs, a role she will reprise for a house debut at Houston Grand Opera in a breathtaking production by Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrad with Jane Glover conducting; and finally Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at Los Angeles Opera directed by celebrated filmmaker James Gray and conducted by Music Director James Conlon, which marks a third house debut for the season.
Georg Friedrich Händel
Endless Pleasure from “Semele”
Angels Ever Bright and Fair from “Theodora”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Un moto di gioia, K. 579
Deh vieni non tardar
from “Le Nozze di Figaro”
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Viola, D. 876
Nacht und Träume, D. 827
George Bizet (1838-1875)
Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Six Songs, Op. 38
Ночью в саду у меня (Noch’ju v sadu u menja)
К ней (K nej)
About Celebrity Series of Boston
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 81 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience—on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods–everywhere.
Celebrity Series of Boston is grateful to our 2019-20 Season Sponsors Amy & Joshua Boger, and to the many individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies whose support helps fulfill our mission to present performing artists who inspire and enrich our community. Institutional supporters include the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative, The Boston Foundation, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, The Catered Affair, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp., Foley & Lardner LLP, Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Liberty Mutual Foundation, The Klarman Family Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Outside the Box: A Production of the Boston Arts Summer Institute, Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, Royal Little Family Foundation, Stifler Family Foundation, Anonymous, and many others. celebrityseries.org