2016–17 Season: Bao Yu in Dream of the Red Chamber
Making his San Francisco Opera debut as Bao Yu in Dream of the Red Chamber, tenor Yijie Shi has sung at many internationally renowned venues including the Metropolitan Opera, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia di Roma, the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra de Nancy, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Opéra de Lausanne, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, and Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Last season, he performed the role of Fenton in Falstaff at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence under the baton of Zubin Mehta, Conte Alberto in Rossini’s L’Occasione Fa Il Ladro at Théâtre des Champs Elysées de Paris, and Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Avenches Opera Festival in Switzerland.
Shi opened the 2015–16 season making his role debut as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at Opera in Florence. Among his future plans are Narciso in Il Turco in Italia at Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and Argirio in Tancredi at Opéra de Marseille.