Australian soprano, Cathy-Di Zhang, graduated from the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music in London. For Royal Academy Opera, she performed the title role of Massenet’s Cendrillon and Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. In opera scenes at the Academy, she has sung the roles of Tatyana (Evgeny Onegin), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites), Wellgunde (Das Rheingold), Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro). Cathy-Di also completed a Master of Arts (Vocal Studies) at the Royal Academy of Music during 2010-2012 and graduated with Distinction and a Dip.RAM for an outstanding final recital.
Since graduating, Cathy-Di has made some important debuts in Europe in 2016. In concert, she has performed Mozart with the l’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève in Victoria Hall in Switzerland, conducted by Arie van Beek. She was also a soloist in the closing concert of the “Rencontres Musicales de Chaon" Festival with l'Orchestre Symphonique d’Orlèans under Marius Stieghorst in France.
In recital, Cathy-Di has performed in quartet for the Sonora ’16 Festival at the Stadttheatre “Teatro Puccini” in Merano, Italy with violinist and composer Marcello Fera, cellist Alberto Casadei and pianist Filippo Faes.
In opera, Cathy-Di was a part of English National Opera's "ENO Opera Squad" where she sang scenes from Don Giovanni (Donna Anna) in secondary schools in London, UK. She was a young artist for Les Azuriales Opera in Nice, France during the Summer where she sang the role of Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, directed by Alessandro Talevi.
Also in 2016, Cathy-Di was the winner of the Audience Prize in the Les Azuriales International Singing Competition in Nice, France 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. She worked on the Italian bel canto repertoire and performed in concerts.
In the Summer of 2013, Cathy-Di participated in the Mozart Residency at Festival Aix-en-Provence in France where she performed excerpts from Le nozze di Figaro (Contessa), Die Zauberflöte (Pamina), Don Giovanni (Donna Anna) and Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi) in concerts.
From 2012-2013, whilst in between courses at the Royal Academy, she completed English National Opera’s “Opera Works” programme where she studied excerpts from Idomeneo (Ilia), La clemenza di Tito (Servilia), and Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi).
In Australia, previous to coming to study London, Cathy-Di sang the roles of Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) and Lisa (La Sonnambula) for Pacific Opera in Sydney, Australia, where she was a young artist from 2008-2010. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Accounting) with Distinction from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Cathy has participated in masterclasses with Edward Gardener, Richard Bonynge, John Copley, Thomas Allen, Barbara Frittoli, Mariella Devia, Luciana Serra, Susan Bullock, Angelika Kirchschlager, Ann Murray, Felicity Lott and Barbara Bonney.
In 2017, Cathy-Di will be performing in various chamber music recitals in Europe, including for the Sagra Musicale Malatestiana Festival and also at the Teatro Umberto Giordano in Foggia, Italy.
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