Rodolfo (Nov. 1m and 6m [Student Matinees], Nov. 8 [High School Night], and Nov. 11m). Previously: Flavio in Norma (2018), Alfredo in selected performances of La traviata (2017), tenor Winged Angel in the world premiere of It’s a Wonderful Life (2016). HGO Studio artist (2015–18).
About the Artist:
Yongzhao Yu, who won the Audience Choice Award and the inaugural Ana María Martínez Encouragement Award in HGO’s 2015 Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias, is an alumnus of the HGO Studio (2015–18). He made his HGO stage debut as a Winged Angel in the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life (2016), and also performed selected performances of Alfredo in La traviata and Flavio in Norma during the 2017–18 season. In China, he was heard as Flavio for his debut at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing; he returned in summer 2018 to make his role debut as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette. Other recent performances include Naulz in Visitors on the Icy Mountain with the Shanghai Grand Theater, and Alfredo in the concert hall of the Shanghai Oriental Art Center. He has performed in concert in the Grand Theatre of the Suzhou Culture and Arts Center and in an Eternal Verdi concert in Shanghai in honor of the bicentenary of Verdi’s birth. In summer 2016, he made his role debut as Rodolfo in La bohème with Wolf Trap Opera, and in 2017, he sang Alfredo with the Sacramento Philharmonic and for the Aspen Opera Center. In the 2018–19 season, he joins the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for the first time, to cover Alfredo in the new production by Michael Mayer. Future seasons will see his debuts with Seattle Opera and Arizona Opera.