Over the past 25 years, Asian Performing Arts Council (APAC), also known as Asian Performing Arts of Colorado has and supported hundreds of musicians from all disciplines in music, be it instrumental, composition or vocal, in their training and career development.
Being a very important component in APAC’s activities, the organization has nurtured extraordinary talents and enabled them to study at the finest institutions such as the Juilliard School, Mannes College, Boston University, Indiana University at Bloomington, University of Denver Lamont School, and the University of Colorado at Boulder.
APAC's extensive sponsorship has launched numerous singers into careers spanning across national and regional stages such as the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, New York City Opera, Miami Grand Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Colorado; in major opera capitals such as Paris, Berlin and Vienna; as well as with top-tier orchestras of the world including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Opera Orchestra of New York, and Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
Further testimony to this tradition of nurture is the return of internationally acclaimed singers to China to perform in prominent venues such as the National Centre for the Performing Arts, the Shanghai Grand Theatre, the Beijing International Music Festival and Shanghai International Arts Festival, and to teach in distinguished institutions such as the Central Conservatory, the Shanghai Conservatory and the Tibet Conservatory.
Some of our most recent artists include:
Baritone, Yunpeng Wang participated in the 2011 inaugural year of APAC's iSING! Beijing. Since then, APAC has nurtured and supported his career as he moved to the U.S on a full scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music. Wang was recently featured on the cover of Opera News as one of “opera’s exciting new voices,” and is quickly gaining international recognition on both the opera and concert stages of the world. In the 2016/17 season, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Mercutio in Bartlett Sher’s new production of Roméo et Juliette, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, and appeared as a soloist in the Met’s 50th Anniversary Gala. He also made his house and role debut as Zurga in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles with the Tulsa Opera and sang in a concert of Verdi arias and duets with the Dallas Opera. Wang will conclude the season with his Japanese debut as Almaviva in a new production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center, conducted by Yutaka Sado.
Guanqun Yu is a Chinese soprano, also began her association with APAC in 2011 as a member of the iSING program. Since that time, she has sung in opera houses and concert halls internationally. In 2008 she won the Belvedere International Singing Competition and in 2012 she placed 2nd in the Operalia, The World Opera Competition. She is particularly known for portraying heroines in the operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giacomo Puccini, and Giuseppe Verdi.
In 2012 Yu made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Leonora, and subsequently returned to the Met in 2013-2014 as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte. She also appeared as Lina in Stiffelio and the Voice of the High Priestess in Aida at the Teatro Regio di Parma in 2012. In 2013 she made her debut at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia as Lucrezia in I due Foscari with Plácido Domingo as Francesco Foscari, and later appeared at that theater as Desdomona in Otello (2013) and Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, again with Plácido Domingo (2014).
Chinese Bass Wei Wu, came to Colorado to serve as the understudy in the APAC world premiere of the opera Poet Li Bai. With support from APAC he stayed in Colorado to receive his Master of Music degree and was accepted to the highly acclaimed Washington National Opera‘s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.
After completion of the program he has appeared Timur in Turandot with Pittsburgh Opera, Phanuel in Hérodiade with Washington Concert Opera and this summer will make his Santa Fe debut as Kobun in the world premiere of (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with Santa Fe Opera, and covering Gualtiero Walton in I Puritani for the Metropolitan Opera. On the concert stage, he joins the Kansas City Symphony for the Mozart Requiem.
Pianist Diyi Tang often serves as a piano accompanist for the APAC artists. Mr. Tang is established as one of the leading young artists of his native China and his prodigious talent is becoming recognized in United States.
Mr. Tang come to national prominence in 2006 when he won the silver medal in the prestigious Hilton Head International Piano Competition in South Carolina. In the same year, He was invited to perform Mozart Piano Concerto K. 467 in the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland.