As a young singer, baritone Chen-Ye Yuan's developed his craft as a member of the finest training programs in the business, including the Houston Grand Opera Studio and the San Francisco Opera's Merola Program. Mr. Yuan proved his mettle as an up and coming singer when performing the role of Germont in La Traviata with San Francisco Opera. Since being a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio he has been invited back to sing many roles including, Tonio in I Pagliacci, Escamillo in Carmen, Marcello in La Boheme, and Bhaer in Little Women which aired on PBS's Great Performances and released on CD by Ondine. Mr. Yuan's schedule continues to be exciting, including recent performances of Marcello in La Boheme with the Hang Zhou Philharmonic Orchestra and Chou En-Lai in Adams' Nixon in China with San Francisco Opera and at the Culture Center in Hong Kong, a role with which Mr. Yuan is especially familiar.
In addition to performing with many of the United States and Canada's premiere Opera Houses and Symphonies, Mr. Yuan has favored the stage of many highly acclaimed venues stretching across Europe and Asia, including his native country China. Mr. Yuan is widely known for his compelling interpretations of the standard repertoire such as Mozart, Beethoven, Puccini and Verdi; however, this auspicious baritone is no stranger to the challenge of a world premiere. Mr. Yuan sang the Dragon King in the premiere Legend of Yao Ji. In Beijing, at the National Center for the Performing arts, he showcased his seasoned artistry in the roles of Cheng Ying in Chinese Orphan and Zhou LuoPing in A Village Teacher. Also, in Hong Kong, Mr. Yuan debuted the role of Umeya Shokichi in Dr. Sun Yat-Sen.
Opera Carolina Performances:
Il Trittico (2013–2014)