Recently returned Australian soprano, Cathy-Di Zhang, is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London where she completed her studies on full scholarship. She furthered her training on the Opera Works Programme at English National Opera, the Mozart Residency at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Georg Solti Accademia di bel canto and the Verbier Academy.
Her 2021 season included two solo concerts for the Castlemaine State Festival, a “Chanson and Weill” recital and an outdoor gala of opera favourites and Chinese Art Song. She also made her company and role debut as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen for Opera Australia’s National Tour in a new production by Matthew Barclay.
Cathy-Di will be making her debut with Pinchgut Opera at City Recital Hall in late 2021 as Amour/La folie in Rameau’s Platée in a production by Neil Armfield and conducted by Erin Helyard and she will also return in 2022 as Créuse in Charpentier’s Medée directed by Justin Way. She was also due to make her Victorian Opera debut in the main role of Zhu Ying Tai in Richard Mills’ new opera “The Butterfly Lovers”, which has now been postponed due to COVID-19. Cathy-Di is very excited to be singing Mimi for the State Opera of South Australia, which marks her debut with the company.
Prior to the pandemic, Cathy-Di sang the role of Mädchen in K.Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny in a new production by acclaimed director Ivo van Hove for Festival d’Aix-en-Provence under Esa-Pekka Salonen and subsequently for Dutch National Opera under Markus Stenz. Other opera credits include Mimi (La bohème) for Opera @ Stone in Berlin, Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) for Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, 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.
As a soloist in concert, Cathy-Di has performed with Ayrton Desimpelaere and the Orchestra of the Opéra de Liége – Wallonie, with Dane Lam and the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra and Suzhou Symphony Orchestra, with Arie van Beek and the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève and with Marius Stieghorst and the Orchestre Symphonique d’Orléans.
An avid chamber musician, Cathy-Di has appeared throughout Italy in trio and quartet (with violin, cello and piano) including for “Chiave Classical” at Teatro Accademico in Castelfranco Veneto, for the Sonora Festival at the Stadttheatre “Teatro Puccini” in Merano, for the Sagra Musicale Malatestiana at Teatro E. Novelli in Rimini, at the Teatro Umberto Giordani in Foggia and for Interludio Festival in Pesaro.
Cathy-Di was the winner of the 2019 Grand Prix in the “Concours International d’Art Lyrique de Namur” in Belgium, the winner of the 2016 Audience Prize in the Les Azuriales International Singing Competition in France and winner of the 2015 Australian Opera and Auditions Committee’s Opera Award in Australia.
She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Accounting) with Distinction from the University of New South Wales, Australia.