Chen-Ye Yuan

Chinese baritone Chen-Ye Yuan makes his San Francisco Opera debut in a role he has performed with Cincinnati Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Colorado, Vancouver Opera, and Toronto’s Canadian Opera Company. The Merola Opera Program graduate’s career highlights include the title role of Rigoletto with Welsh National Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Michigan Opera Theatre, Minnesota Opera, Lyric Opera of San Antonio, Sacramento Opera, and Houston Grand Opera; Renato (Un Ballo in Maschera) with Boston Lyric Opera; Schaunard (La Bohème) with Pittsburgh Opera; the Dragon King in the world premiere of Legend of YaoJi and Valentin (Faust) with Opera Hong Kong; Marcello (La Bohème) and Bhaer (Adamo’s Little Women) with Central City Opera in Colorado; Bhaer with Opera Omaha; and Michele (Il Tabarro) and Amida (L’Ormindo) with Opera International in Washington D.C. A graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, his roles with that company include Amonasro (Aida), the Speaker (Die Zauberflöte), Bhaer, Marcello, and Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor). Yuan’s awards include being a finalist in the 1998 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; First Prize and Audience Choice Awards in the 1998 Eleanor McCollum Competition; the gold medal in the 1994 International Tchaikovsky Competition; and first prize in the 1994 Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition.