Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Unveils 2021-22 Season

By David Salazar

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2021-22 season.

For the purposes of this article, we will focus on vocal and operatic performances.

The season opens with a concert featuring Conductor Long Yu and performances of Ye Xiaogang’s “The Song of the Earth” and Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde.” The showcase will star soprano Guo Sen, mezzo Zhu Huiling, tenor Xiahou Jinxu, and baritone Yuan Chenye.

Performance Date: Sept. 9, 2021

Zhang Jiemin will lead the Chinese premiere of “The Rakes Progress” with the SHCM Chorus and Jinx Xiahou, Zhou Zhengzhong, Jingjing Li, Han Yinpei, Zhang Wenwei, Bo Wang, Liu Ying, Chen Jiogran, and Chen Li headlining the cast. Shuang Zou directs.

Performance Date: Oct. 10, 2021

Zhang Jiemin leads a performance of Hao Weiya’s sci-fi opera “Seven Days.” The work stars Li Jingjing, Dong Fang, and Zhou Zhengzhong.

Performance Dates: Nov. 4 & 5, 2021

Soprano Wu Bixia will headline the New Year’s Concert. Zhang Guoyong conducts.

Performance Date: Dec. 31, 2021

The company will give a Spring Festival concert led by conductor Chen Lin. Singers are set to be announced but the concert will feature excerpts from Peking and western operas.

Performance Date: Jan. 22, 2022

Hongni Wu will perform in Mahler’s third symphoy. Charles Dutoit conducts.

Performance Date: April 22, 2022

Long Yu conducts a concert performance of Zhou Long’s “Madame White Snake.” Zhang Zhang, Yu

Guanqun, Xu Xiaoyi, Chen Dashuai, and Gong Dongjian headline the cast.

Performance Date: May 15, 2022

Conductor Long Yu leads a closing night performance of “Carmina Burana” starring Ying Huang, Zheng Yao, and  Liao Changyong. The concert will also feature violinist Leonida Kavakos.

Performance Date: July 3, 2022