LEI Mingjie

  • Young Chinese tenor Mingjie Lei starts in the 2021/22 season with a staged production of Haydn’s Missa in tempori belli conducted by Lorenzo Viotti in Ansterdam. Further plans include Don Narciso in Rossini's Il Turco in Italia, Saeb Offizier in Offenbach’s Barkouff and Ernesto in Don Pasquale in Zurich.

    In Stuttgart he appears during the current season in Die Zauberflöte and Così fan tutte.

    He will participate in an extended concert tour under Jordi Savall performing Beethoven 9th symphony and Mozart’s Requiem. Also in St. Pölten he will sing Beethoven’s 9th symphony.

    In October 2020 he gave his debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin as Fenton in Falstaff, in December 2019 and January 2020, he successfully performed Ernesto in new production of Don Pasquale at Zurich Opernhaus conducted by Enrique Mazzola and directed by Christof Loy.

    In summer 2019 he toured as Ferrando in Così fan tutte with musicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis perfoming in St. Petersburg, Vienna, Bremen and at the Lucerne Festival, where he also participated in a concert with Cecilia Bartoli.

    Mingjie Lei is the winner of the Song Prize and the only tenor finalist of the general competition Cardiff singer of the World 2019.

    Since the beginning of the 2018/19 season he belongs to the ensemble of Staatsoper Stuttgart, where his repertoire includes Don Pasquale, Der Prinz von Homburg, Iphigénie en Tauride, Ariadne auf Naxos, Così fan tutte and Die Zauberflöte. With State Opera Stuttgart he guested in Cologne with Ariadne auf Naxos.

    2018 he appeared as Fenton in Falstaff at Opera Colorado and Egeo in Medea in Corinto at New York’s Teatro Nuovo.

    In summer 2017 he guested at Salzburg Festival in the part of Jeppo Liverotto in concert performances of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia conducted by Marco Armiliato.

    2016/17 he performed at Lyric Opera Chciago Iopas in Les Troyens, Remenado in Carmen and Gastone in a special performance of La Traviata celebrating Plácido Domingo. At the Ravello Festival he was hear in the New Voice of Opera concert.

    2015/16 he joined the Ryan Opera Center Ensemble of Lyric Opera of Chicago and was soon performing on the stage of Lyric Opera in performances of Der Rosenkavalier and Romeo et Juliette.

    Highlights of past seasons include Nemorino in L'Elisir d’Amore, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Almeric in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Dorvil in Rossini's La Scala di seta and Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Curtis Opera Theatre, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the Banff Music Festival; at Manhatten School of Music he sang Leon in Corgliano’s The Ghoast of Versailles and Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Thomas Muraco's Opera Repertoire Ensemble.

    As Young Collector in Previn’s A Streetcar named Desire and as Jupiter in Händel’s Semele he guested with the Merola Opera Program of San Francisco Opera at the Schwabacher summer concerts.

    As a concert singer he performed, among others, Haydn’s Schöpfung, Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium and Matthäus-Passion, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella or Händel’s Messias (at Carnegie Hall) and Semele in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia or Chicago. In Chicago he was part of the concert cycle Beyond the arias and also appeared with the New York Festival of Song performing with Composer Bright Sheng.

    Mingjie Lei has already worked with conductors such as Sir Andrew Davis, Ari Pelto, Jacques Lacombe, Cornelius Meister and Mark Shapiro.

    When attending the Mozart Residency of Festival Aix-en-Provence he received the Prix des amis for the best Mozart performance.

    Mingjie Lei studied at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. He took part in the Merola Program of San Francisco Opera and was a member of the Ryan Opera Centre at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

    In summer 2016 he participated in the Young Singers Program of Salzburg festival, where he featured in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and in concerts with Salzburg Camerata and the Mozarteum orchestra.


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