Cathy-Di Zhang

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Soprano

Upcoming Victorian Opera performance

Cathy-Di will premiere the role of Liang Shanbo in Richard Mills and Joel Tan's The Butterfly Lovers, October 2022.

Australian soprano, Cathy-Di Zhang, is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London where she completed her studies on full scholarship from 2010-2015. She graduated with a Master of Arts (Vocal Studies) - Distinction, Dip.RAM and an Advanced Diploma in Opera Performance and she furthered her training on the ENO “Opera Works” Programme at English National Opera.


Cathy-Di returned to Australia in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 2021 saw her return to performing live with two solo concerts for the Castlemaine State Festival in Victoria. A “French Chanson and Weill” Recital for their Buda Salon Series and an outdoor concert of opera favourites and Chinese Art Song. She then made her company and role debut with Opera Australia on their 4-month mega National Tour across Australia as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen in a new production by Matthew Barclay.

In December 2021, Cathy-Di made her Pinchgut Opera debut as Amour/La folie in Rameau’s Platée at City Recital Hall to critical success, in a production by Neil Armfield under the direction of Erin Helyard. Platée drew rave 5-star reviews in the press and was lauded as “Pinchgut’s finest”.

In a packed 2022 season, Cathy-Di is excited to be making her debut with State Opera South Australia in March as Mimi in “La bohème on the Beach” directed by Stuart Maunder. Simon Bruckard will conduct the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in this one-off special performance on Glenelg Beach for over 6000 people. In May, she will perform the Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer with string quintet in a sunrise concert for Opera Australia at Uluru. She is then back on tour with Opera Australia to regional cities in NSW, VIC, TAS and the ACT, this time singing the role of Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia in a new production by Priscilla Jackman. October marks her very special Victorian Opera debut as Zhu Yingtai in Richard Mills’ new work, the Butterfly Lovers, directed by Singaporean theatre maker Ivan Heng of WILD RICE Theatre (Singapore). At the end of the year, she returns to City Recital Hall with Pinchgut Opera and is delighted to be taking on the role of Créuse in Charpentier’s Médée working with director Justin Way.

Before the pandemic, Cathy-Di sang the role of Mädchen in K.Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny in a new production by acclaimed director Ivo van Hove for Festival d’Aix-en-Provence under Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2019 and for Dutch National Opera under Markus Stenz and the Netherlands Philharmonic in 2020. Earlier on in the season, she performed chamber music in quartet for “Chiave Classical” at Teatro Accademico in Castelfranco Veneto with violin (Marcello Fera), cello (Alberto Casadei) and Piano (Filippo Faes) and appeared as a soloist in the season opening concert with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra under Dane Lam in China. Also in 2019, Cathy-Di was the winner of the Grand Prix in the 1st edition of the “Concours International d'Art Lyrique de Namur” where she performed with the Orchestra of the Opéra de Liége - Wallonie under Ayrton Desimpelaere.

In 2018, Cathy-Di performed the role of Mimi (La bohème) for Opera @ Stone in Berlin and the role of Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) for Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg. Other operatic roles performed include the title role of Massenet’s Cendrillon and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) for Royal Academy Opera in London, Nella (Gianni Schicchi) For Les Azuriales Opera in Nice and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) and Lisa (La sonnambula) as a young artist for Pacific Opera in her hometown of Sydney, Australia.

In concert in 2018, Cathy-Di performed with the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra in China under Dane Lam at the Suzhou Grand Theatre, Shanghai Concert Hall and the NCPA in Beijing as part of the iSing! International Young Artists’ Festival. She has also performed Mozart with the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève at Victoria Hall in Geneva, Switzerland (2016), conducted by Arie van Beek and was a soloist in the closing concert of the “Rencontres Musicales de Chaon" Festival (2016) with the Orchestre Symphonique d’Orléans under Marius Stieghorst in France. 

Cathy-Di is an avid chamber musician and she has performed in trio and quartet (with violin, cello and piano) for the Sonora ’16 Festival at the Stadttheatre “Teatro Puccini” in Merano, at the Teatro E. Novelli for the Sagra Musicale Malatestiana in Rimini, at the Teatro Umberto Giordani in Foggia, at the Teatro Accademico in Castelfranco Veneto and for the Interludio Festival in Pesaro. They perform a programme of folk-inspired classical and song repertoire (including Grieg, De Falla, Schumann, Chopin and Ravel).

Other awards include; winner of the Audience Prize in the Les Azuriales International Singing Competition, winner of the Australian Opera and Auditions Committee’s Opera Award and recipient of the Postgraduate Vocal Fellowship from Independent Opera UK.

In 2014, Cathy-Di participated in both Georg Solti Accademia masterclasses. During Easter, she was a part of the Solti Peretti Repetiteurs’ Course at the Fondazione Cini in Venice, Italy and in the Summer, she returned for the singer’s bel canto course in Castiglione della Pescaia and then went with the Accademia to the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland. In the Summer of 2013, Cathy-Di participated in the Mozart Residency at Festival Aix-en-Provence in France.

In an entirely different music genre, she recorded the piece “INSANITY” for soprano, cello and electronics, a composition written by her husband, the Italian concert cellist and composer Alberto Casadei.

She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Accounting) with Distinction from the University of New South Wales, Australia.