Madama Butterfly, Pinkerton – Houston Grand Opera
La traviata, Alfredo – Irish National Opera
Lucia di Lammermoor, Edgardo – New Orleans Opera
La bohème, Alfredo – The Metropolitan Opera (cover)
Yongzhao Yu, who won the Audience Choice Award and the Ana María Martínez Encouragement Award in HGO’s 2015 Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias, continues to make important debuts throughout the United States. In the 2023-24 season, he will perform the role of Lieutenant Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at Houston Grand Opera, join Irish National Opera as Alfredo in La traviata, return to New Orleans Opera to perform the role of Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and continue his relationship with the Metropolitan Opera, covering Rodolfo in La bohème.
In the 2022-2023 season, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Flavio in Norma, and also joined the Met for their productions of La bohème and La traviata. He also joined the Berkshire Opera Festival to sing Rodolfo in La bohème. Additionally, he recently made his Seattle Opera debut as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto and made his Houston Symphony debut in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. In the 2018-2019 season, Yu joined the roster of The Metropolitan Opera for the first time to cover Alfredo in the new production by Michael Mayer. In the 2016-2017 season 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.
He has performed Flavio in Norma for Houston Grand Opera and with the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, 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. Further awards include first prize in Opera Concorso. Further recent performances include Alfredo in La traviata with Sacramento Philharmonic, the Aspen Opera Center, and in mainstage performances at Houston Grand Opera.