Vita

Qiu Ying Du

Mezzo – soprano

German language

1977 born in China. 1997 – 2001 studied Singing at the Music Academy in Shandong, China. Graduated as Bachelor of Music. 2002 until 2006 further education at the Conservatory in Hamburg(Germany) taught by Prof. Jeanette Scovotti and at the College of Music in Wurzburg (Germany), taught by Prof. and Opera singer Leandra Overmann. Successfully completed with a Diploma in Concert and Music Theatre.

In her study period the young Mezzo-soprano gusted at the state opera in Hannover (Germany), there she sang by the musical director Konrad Junghänel and Johannes Harneit and worked with directors like Peter Konwitschny and Kazuko Watanabe. In the Hanoverian production Al gran sole carica d’amore by Luigi Nono she acted out at the Edinburgh International Festival.

In an opera studio of the College of Music in Wurzburg she sang inter alia the part of Suzuki (Madame Butterfly), Beatrice (Le Donne Curiose by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari) and the mother (Mavra by Igor  Stravinsky).

In the season 2006/2007 she gusted at the state opera in Belgrade acting the part of the Page (Salome) and with great success she sang as Nikolaus (Les contes d’Hoffmann) at the Festival in Eutin (Germany).

>From 2007 until 2010 fixed member of the Ensemble of the state opera in Bern (Switzerland) with roles like Maddalena (Rigoletto), Neris (Medea), Nicklaus (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Hänsel (Hänsel and Gretel), Gianetta (L’elisir d’amore), Annina (Der Rosenkavalier), Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Benjamin Britten), the first trumpet (La prova d’orchestra by Giorgio Battistelli), Kaito (Fervaal by Vincent D’indy) and mother Johanna decanting (Dialogues des Carmelites by Francis Poulenc).

With fixed Engagements she gave and gives still many performances as guest. At the state opera in Prague as Maddalena (Rigoletto) and at the state opera in Stuttgart (Germany)she had the opportunity to sing in a modern production called Manoalchadia by Chaya Czernowin. In Spain at the Teatro Principal de Alicante, Teatro Principal Burgos, Teatro Circa Albacete and Teatro Rojas Toledo she resumed the part of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly.

Since 2011 fixed member of the Ensemble of the state opera in Freiburg (Germany) with roles like Floßhilde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, Roßweiße (Die Walküre), Voice from Above (Parsifal),Venus (Orphée aux enfers), Squirrel, Kate and a Patrè (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges), second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Paulina and Daphnis (Pique Dame), Ninetta (I vespri siciliani), Putzfrau and Dr. Winterfeld in the world premiere of the family opera Oscar und die Dame in Rosa and Frugola (Il tabarro).

On 12 November 2012 Qiu Ying celebrated at the festival for the 150th anniversary of the Protestant Market Church in Wiesbaden great success as Dalila in a concert performance of Samson et Dalila with the Eastern Bohemia in Hradec Kralove Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Thomas Frank.

The Mezzo-soprano Qin Du is also in great demand as a Song, Concert and Oratorio Singer. Her Concert repertoire already includes all great masses, Passions and Oratories from Bach, Händel, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Rossini, Dvoràk, Verdi and others. Her Concert activity lead her to distinguished Concert halls and churches to Germany, Swiss, Austria, Spain, Prague and China.

2010 she sang the 2nd Symphony of Gustav Mahler at the Mainfranken Theatre in Wurzburg  (Germany) and Missa da Requiem by Guiseppe Verdi at the parish of St. Elisabeth in Fulda and in Prag, in April 2014 the Alto-Solo in Johannes-Passion ( J.S. Bach) in Wiesbaden. 2014/15 she will participate in Ein deutsches Requiem (Johannes Brahms) and Paulus (Mendelssohn), both conducted by Thomas Frank at Marktkirche Wiesbaden.