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Xiaofang Zhao


First Round

Zifang Yu


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Franz Schubert 

Verklärung D 59 (Alexander Pope/Johann G. Herder)   - 1R

Ständchen D 889 "Horch! Horch, die Lerch´" (William Shakespeare) 

An Sylvia D 891 (William Shakespeare) 

Gioacchino Rossini

Soirées musicales

La partenza "Ecco quel fiero istante" (Pietro Metastasio)   - 1R

Franz Liszt

Oh, quand je dors S 282 (Victor Hugo)


Robert Schumann

Myrthen, Op. 25

7. Die Lotosblume (Heinrich Heine)  

Hugo Wolf 

Spanisches Liederbuch

39. Weint nicht, ihr Äuglein (Lope de Vega/Heyse)  


27. Die Spöde


3. Verschwiegene Liebe

Edvard Grieg

Die verschwiegene Nachtigal (Walther von der Vogelweide)

Henri Duparc


L´invitation au voyage (Charles Baudelaire)   - 1R


Ivor Gurney

Five Elizabethan Songs

1. Orpheus with his Lute (William Shakespeare)   - 1R

4. Sleep" (John Fletscher) 


Richard Strauss

Drei Lieder der Ophelia, Op.67 (W.Shakespeare / K.J.Simrock) 

1. Wie erkenn' ich mein Treulieb 

2. Guten Morgen, 's ist Sankt Valentinstag 


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Xiaofang Zhao


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At  the age of 18, the Chinese-born Xiaofang Zhao soprano received an  invitation to study for a bachelor's degree at Beijing Normal University  with Prof. Yan Xiao. There, the young soprano began to expand her  repertoire, especially in song, and sang in the Beijing State Opera  House and the surrounding area. Private studies and master classes led  her to Lurging Marzola, Christiane Oelze, Giovanna Canitti, Yalin Zhang  and Miao Hao.

In addition to her bachelor's degree,  the soprano Xiaofang has already won many competitions, e.g. finalist  in the international singing competition Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg  2022, second prize in the Young International Music Competition  Melbourne, quality prize in the Opera Vocal Performance of the National  Belcanto Art College, best soprano prize in Paulo Coni International  Opera Vocal Competition etc.

Since October 2022 she  has been studying in the concert exam at the Trossingen State  University of Music with Professor Christina Landshamer and Alexander  Fleischer.

At one time, Xiaofang sang the role of  the first boy, Papagena, the first lady from “The Magic Flute”. In the  2021/2022 season she will sing the role of Adele from “Der Fledermaus”  in Theater für Niedersachsen and the role of Flora from “Turn of the  Screw” in Theater Lübeck. In the 2022/2023 season she will sing the role  of Gretel from “Hänsel and Gretel” in Schloss Kiel. She also learned  parts of roles such as Pamina from "The Magic Flute", Ännchen from "Der  Freischütz", Sophie from "Der Rosenkavalier", Gulida from "Regoletto",  etc. She also performed other performances Kiel, Völkern near Hanover,  Eutin Castle, Plön, Bad Schwatau and Malente. As a sought-after soloist,  she also appeared as a lieder and oratorio singer. Her repertoire  includes Mozart's An die Freude, Brahms Requiem, Strauss op.68, Haydn's  Creation and much more.

Zifang Yu


Zifang  Yu received his first piano lessons at the age of six. He was accepted  into the Xi'an University of Music in China in 2015 with top grades,  where he studied piano with Professor Jing Jiao and singing with Mr.  Jingming Guo. During his studies he was awarded the national scholarship  three times.

Since October 2020, Zifang Yu has  been studying song design for a master's degree at the HMT Rostock in  Henning Lucius' class. He received further musical impulses from Prof.  Karola Theill, Prof. Burkhard Kehring, KS Dorothea Röschmann, Klara  Hornig and Matthias Veit. He has already given concerts at the Beethoven  Festival Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as well as many song recitals.  In July 2021 he won second prize in the hmt Music Prize competition with  Viola Michalski as a song duo. He completed the Master of Music Song  Design course in September 2022 with an overall grade of 1.0 .

Since April 2023 he has been studying song design concert exams at the HfM Trossingen in Prof. Alexander Fleischer's class.

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