Bio

          Praised for his "otherworldly flourish" (The Wall Street Journal), "intense stage presence" (Classical Voice North America), and "natural, sensitive feel with embedded lyrical nuance" (The Millbrook Independent), Chinese countertenor Chuanyuan Liu (刘川源) is becoming a strong force in the new generation of countertenors, and strives to be an open-hearted performer through honesty, creativity, and reflection.

          Avid for contemporary repertoire and new voices, Chuanyuan is involved in 3 opera world premiere projects in the 2021-22 season. In February, he made his professional operatic debut at Pittsburgh Opera in the world premiere of IN A GROVE, performing the roles of The Priest and The Medium, with music by Christopher Cerrone and libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann. In March, Chuanyuan made his Verizon Hall and Philadelphia Orchestra debut in the concert version world premiere of Kevin Puts and Greg Pierce’s The Hours, performing the roles of Man Under the Arch and Hotel Clerk. In the summer of 2022, Chuanyuan will cover the leading role of Song Liling in Huang Ruo and David Henry Hwang's highly anticipated new opera M. Butterfly 蝴蝶君 at Santa Fe Opera. Additionally, he made his Toledo Symphony Orchestra debut as the alto soloist in Handel's Messiah, and assumed the roles of Cardinal 1 and Oracle 1 in University of Cincinnati-CCM's production of Philip Glass's Galileo Galilei

          Despite the turbulence in the 2020-2021 season, Chuanyuan was able to be inspired to create and participate in numerous digital concerts and opera projects. In the fall of 2020, he curated and performed in neither here nor there, a recital highlighting the Asian/-American experience featuring vocal music by Asian-American composers and poets. Chuanyuan worked closely with featured composers, including a world premiere of Where Would I Go? by Filipino-American composer Dante De Silva. Chuanyuan was also featured as a guest artist for Fill in the Blank Ensemble, a singer-initiated concert series dedicated to filling in voids within the classical music community, and Vision Possible Charity Concert Series, a fundraising concert marathon to benefit various non-profit charity organizations. In the spring of 2021, Chuanyuan
 performed in the Metropolitan Opera Guild masterclass with countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo. At Bard College, Chuanyuan shared the role of Anna I in Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins, performed excerpts from György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments in collaboration with musicians from The Orchestra Now (TŌN), and performed in multiple streamed concerts with music ranging from traditional baroque arias to living composers and marginalized voices in classical song.

          Chuanyuan’s previous roles and scene credits include Arsamene (Serse), Bertarido (Rodelinda), Orphée (Orphée et Eurydice), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Nireno (Giulio Cesare), Sandmann (Hänsel und Gretel), Fidalma (Il matrimonio segreto), Nerone (L’incoronazione di Poppea), and Damon (Acis and Galatea). He has performed at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall as part of Albany Symphony's Clara Schumann Festival, Van Buren Hall with Broad Street Orchestra, and notably, he co-wrote and performed as
Mercédès in the premiere of devised opera production Rest in Pieces: In Memory of Opera, directed by Stephanie Blythe.

          Chuanyuan is currently pursuing his Artist Diploma in Opera Vocal Performance at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He received his Master of Music in Vocal Arts from Bard College-Conservatory’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Statistics from University of VirginiaHe was a national semifinalist in the 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (now the Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition), after advancing from the Eastern Region and the New York District. Chuanyuan's upcoming engagements include appearances with Pittsburgh Opera, Victory Hall Opera, and White Snake Projects.


(updated June 2022, for current resume and bio in different word counts, please contact Chuanyuan HERE.)