2016–17 Season: Granny Jia in Dream of the Red Chamber
Contralto Qiulin Zhang is making her American and San Francisco Opera debuts as Granny Jia in Dream of the Red Chamber. Trained in China and France, she has performed at many of Europe’s prestigious opera houses and concert halls. Among her many roles, she sang Maddalena in Rigoletto in Rennes, Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly in Saint-Étienne and Marseille, the title role of Carmen at the Hong Kong Festival with the Orchestre National de Lille, and Erda in several stagings of the Ring, including Robert Wilson’s production at Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet. In concert, she performed Das Lied von der Erdewith the Orchestre de Paris, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, and with the Orchestre National de Lille, conducted by Jean-Claude Casadesus. Zhang recently took part in Detlev Glanert’s Solaris at the Cologne Opera. Among her future plans are performances of Suzuki at the Avenches Festival in Switzerland, the Hong Kong Festival, and La Monnaie Royal Theatre in Brussels.