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.
During the 2013-14 season Shenyang returns to the Metropolitan Opera for The Magic Flute, conducted by Jane Glover, and for La Cenerentola under the baton of Fabio Luisi. On the concert stage Shenyang joins the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Shenyang sings Verdi’s Requiem with the Huangzhou Philharmonic and, in his conducting debut, leads the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra in an orchestral program of Dvořák and Smetana.
Last season Shenyang sang the title role of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and returned to the Beijing Music Festival for Jing Xiang’s opera, Yuan Ye, conducted by Long Yu. He also gave the world premiere of Xiaogang Ye’s orchestral song cycle Song of Farewell with the China National Symphony in Beijing and at the Berlin Philharmonie. His North American performances included Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Toronto Symphony. Highlights of recent seasons have included his Glyndebourne Festival and Bavarian State Opera debuts as Alidoro in La Cenerentola. In 2011-12 he was artist-in-residence of the Shanghai Symphony. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2011.