Australian soprano, Cathy-Di Zhang, is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London where she completed her studies from 2010-2015. She graduated with a Master of Arts (Vocal Studies) - Distinction, Dip.RAM and an Advanced Diploma in Opera Performance and She furthered her training on the ENO “Opera Works” Programme for English National Opera.
The 2019 season started with chamber music in quartet for “Chiave Classical” at Teatro Accademico in Castelfranco Veneto with violin (Marcello Fera,), cello (Alberto Casadei) and Piano (Filippo Faes). Then in March, Cathy-Di performed as a soloist in the season opening concert with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra under Dane Lam in China. More recently in April she was the winner of the Grand Prix in the 1st edition of the “Concours International d'Art Lyrique de Namur” where she performed with the Orchestra of the Opéra de Liége - Wallonie under Ayrton Desimpelaere. This Summer, Cathy-Di is looking forward to making her professional debut at Festival Aix-en-Provence as Mädchen in Kurt Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and directed by Ivo van Hove.
Last season in 2018, Cathy-Di performed the role of Mimi (La bohème) for Opera @ Stone in Berlin and the role of Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) for Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg. Other operatic roles performed include the title role of Massenet’s Cendrillon and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) for Royal Academy Opera in London, Nella (Gianni Schicchi) For Les Azuriales Opera in Nice and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) and Lisa (La sonnambula) as a young artist for Pacific Opera in Sydney, Australia In her hometown of Sydney, Australia.
In last season Cathy-Di has performed with the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra in China under Dane Lam at the Suzhou Grand Theatre, Shanghai Concert Hall and the NCPA in Beijing as part of the iSing! International Young Artists’ Festival. Previously, she has also performed Mozart with the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève at Victoria Hall in Geneva, Switzerland, conducted by Arie van Beek and was a soloist in the closing concert of the “Rencontres Musicales de Chaon" Festival with the Orchestre Symphonique d’Orléans under Marius Stieghorst in France.
In recital with piano, Cathy-Di recently performed Chinese art songs at the Jinji Lake Recital Hall in Suzhou with pianist Fugen Wei. In chamber music in Italy, she has performed in quartet (with violin, cello and piano) for the Sonora ’16 Festival at the Stadttheatre “Teatro Puccini” in Merano and at the Teatro E. Novelli for the Sagra Musicale Malatestiana in Rimini and in trio, (with cello and piano) at the Teatro Umberto Giordani in Foggia. In 2018, Cathy-Di formed the trio EKLEKTRIS with cellist Alberto Casadei and pianist Elisa Tomellini, performing a programme of folk-inspired classical and song repertoire (Grieg, De Falla, Schumann, Chopin and Ravel).
In 2016, Cathy-Di was the winner of the Audience Prize in the Les Azuriales International Singing Competition and was a semi-finalist in the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition in Dublin, Ireland. She was also the recipient of a Postgraduate Vocal Fellowship from Independent Opera UK and was the winner of the Australian Opera and Auditions Committee’s Opera Award, for which she gave a concert in the Utzon Room at the Sydney Opera House in 2015.
In 2014, Cathy-Di participated in both Georg Solti Accademia masterclasses. During Easter, she was a part of the Solti Peretti Repetiteurs’ Course at the Fondazione Cini in Venice, Italy and in the Summer, she returned for the singer’s bel canto course in Castiglione della Pescaia and then went with the Accademia to the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. In the Summer of 2013, Cathy-Di participated in the Mozart Residency at Festival Aix-en-Provence in France.
In an entirely different music genre, she recorded the piece “INSANITY” for soprano, cello and electronics, a composition written by her husband, the Italian concert cellist and composer Alberto Casadei. The music video directed by Daniele Quadrelli was released under VEVO and can be found on youtube.
She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Accounting) with Distinction from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
CV and references available upon request