Australian soprano, Cathy-Di Zhang, completed her studies from 2010-2015 at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She graduated with a Master of Arts (Vocal Studies) - Distinction, Dip.RAM and an Advanced Diploma in Opera Performance. She furthered her training on the ENO “Opera Works” Programme for English National Opera.
In 2018, Cathy performed the role of Mimi (La bohème) for Opera @ Stone in Berlin in May/June and the role of Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) for Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg in July. Previously, she has performed the title role of Massenet’s Cendrillon and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) for Royal Academy Opera in London. Also in London, Cathy performed scenes of Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) for English National Opera’s “Opera Squad”. For Les Azuriales Opera in Nice, France, she performed the role of Nella (Gianni Schicchi). In her hometown of Sydney, Australia, whilst Cathy-Di was a young artist with Pacific Opera Company, she sang Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) and Lisa (La sonnambula).
In concert this year, 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 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.
in 2019, Cathy-Di also started the chamber music trio EKLEKTRIS with pianist Elisa Tomellini and cellist Alberto Casadei, performing a programme folk-inspired classical and song repertoire in original arrangements written by Alberto Casadei.
Upcoming in 2019 include more chamber music in Italy in quartet and with her trio EKLEKTRIS, Mendelssohn’s a Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra under Dane Lam in China and then returning to Festival Aix-en-Provence, France as Girl in Kurt Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny in the Summer.
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