Among plans of Chinese tenor Mingjie Lei are Fenton in Falstaff in Colorado as well as Der Prinz von Homburg, Iphigénie en Tauride and Così fan tutte at Stuttgart Opera.
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.
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 in Der Rosenkavalier and in Romeo et Juliette on Lyric stage.
Highliths of past seasons include Conte di Lerma and Un Araldo Reale in Don Carlo in Philadelphia, Nemorino in L'Elisir dAamore, 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 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 appeard 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 and Mark Shapiro.
When attending the Mozart Residency of Festival Aix-en-Provence he received the Prix des amis for the best Mozart performance.
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