Praised for his “natural, sensitive feel with embedded lyrical nuance,” (The Millbrook Independent), Chinese countertenor Chuanyuan Liu has been seen performing works ranging from the Baroque to world premieres in Asia, South America, and the United States. In the 2019-2020 season, he made his debut in the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, performing in art song concerts for the Albany Synphony’s Clara Schumann Festival. He debuted the role of Damon in Handel’s Acis and Galatea with the Broad Street Orchestra, and was featured in the Music Alive! program, curated by renowned composer Joan Tower.
Chuanyuan delights in portraying characters on stage and has performed in numerous opera and scene productions, which include Arsamene (Serse), Orphée (Orphée et Eurydice), Hänsel and Sandmann (Hänsel und Gretel), Nireno (Giulio Cesare), Fidalma (Il matrimonio segreto), and Nerone (L’incoronazione di Poppea). However, as a 21st-century singer, Chuanyuan enjoys finding new meanings in rather traditional settings. In the spring of 2020, Chuanyuan co-wrote and performed as Mercédès in the premiere of devised opera production Rest in Pieces: In Memory of Opera, directed by internationally famous mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe. In Rest in Pieces, Chuanyuan and a group of 13 other singers drew from five traditional operas, created a story and platform where those characters find themselves forging a new, self-determined path within the larger-than-life world of opera.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chuanyuan has felt compelled to be an advocate of underrepresented communities. In the 2020-2021 season, Chuanyuan is 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. Meanwhile, Chuanyuan has recently curated and performed in neither here nor there, a recital highlights the Asian/-American experience featuring vocal music by Asian-American composers and poets. He worked closely with featured composers, including a world premiere of Where Would I Go? by Filipino-American composer Dante De Silva.
Chuanyuan received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Statistics from University of Virginia. During his time at UVA, Chuanyuan was in the Performance Concentration Program and Distinguished Major Program of the McIntire Department of Music, and was one of the 21 Miller Arts Scholars of the Class of 2019. He was a recipient of the University Award for Project in the Arts and the Brander Wyatt Morrison Prize, and graduated with High Distinction. Now a second-year master's student at Bard College-Conservatory of Music, Chuanyuan is the first countertenor in their Graduate Vocal Arts Program, studying with Joan Patenaude-Yarnell.
Chuanyuan has recently been named a winner in the Eastern Region of the 2020-2021 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and will be moving forward to compete in the National Semifinals in May 2021. His previous training and professional programs include Chautauqua Institution, Oberlin in Italy, Curtis Summerfest, Collaborative Piano Institute, Virginia Baroque Performance Academy, and Chicago Summer Opera.