Born in Tianjin, China, bass-baritone Shenyang studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He is an alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and of the Juilliard School Opera Center. Winner of the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, he was also a 2008 winner of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, and a 2010 winner of the Montblanc New Voices Award at Stars of the White Nights Festival.
Shenyang was spotlighted last season as artist-in-residence of the Shanghai Symphony in numerous programs conducted by Long Yu. He joined Daniel Harding and the China Philharmonic for selections from Mahler’s Des knaben Wunderhorn at the opening weekend of the Beijing Music Festival and was presented in solo recital at the Festival in a program of Schubert, Loewe, and Mahler. Shenyang appeared with Helmuth Rilling and the International Bachakademie Stuttgart on a European tour of Bach’s Mass in B minor and returned to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in Don Giovanni and Handel’s Rodelinda. In the summer of 2012, Shenyang made his Glyndebourne Festival and Bavarian State Opera debuts as Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola.
During the 2012-13 season Shenyang sings the title role of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and returns to the Beijing Music Festival for Jing Xiang’s opera, Yuan Ye, conducted by Long Yu. He also gives the world premiere of Xiaogang Ye’s Song of Farewell with the China National Symphony in Beijing and at the Berlin Philharmonie. His North American performances include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Jiří Bělohlávek and the Toronto Symphony. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut with Bach’s Mass in B minor in March 2011.