Liang Li


The Chinese bass Liang Li received his vocal training at the conservatories in Tianjin and in Beijing. In 1997 he was awarded a special prize at the “New Voices” Vocal Competition in Gütersloh, and he won third prize at the ARD International Music Competition. Liang Li made his European operatic debut in 1998 as Fasolt in Wagner’s Das Rheingold at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. Since 2006 he has been a permanent member of Stuttgart Staatsoper, where he performs a wide repertoire ranging from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and the great bass roles of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner to the Water Goblin in Dvorák’s Rusalka and Arkel in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. Liang Li has sung Cardinal de Brogny in Halévy’s La Juive at the Saxon Staatsoper Dresden, King Marke in Tristan and Gurnemanz in Parsifal at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and, in 2014, Geronte in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden with the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle. In January 2015 he made his debut at the Opéra National de Paris as the Commendatore in the Don Giovanni production by Michael Haneke. Liang Li also regularly performs on the concert stage in such works as Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, which he has sung at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia; Rossini’s Stabat Mater; and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Such rarities of the repertoire as Franz Schmidt’s Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln, which he has performed with the Czech Philharmonic under Manfred Honeck, and Robert Schumann’s Faust Scenes, which he has presented in Frankfurt with Sebastian Weigle, round out his artistic spectrum.

March 2015