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Sharon I-Chun Cheng



Praised as “possessing an exciting and securely produced voice,” soprano Sharon Cheng has given several high-profile collaborative recitals on various programs through Asia, America and Europe as an active recitalist.  To celebrate Franz Liszt’s 200th birthday, Miss Cheng will give recital tour with an all-Liszt program in 2011.  Her latest recording of Liszt songs will be released by Blue Griffin Recording.
On the opera stage, Miss Cheng’s brilliant voice with distinctive silvery warm timbre and exceptional flexibility has made her successful in delivering coloratura repertoire.  The 2010-2011 season sees her portrayal of the title role in Handel’s Alcina with the Pocket Opera of New York, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Center Stage Opera, and the Envious Minion in Phillip Martin’s micro-opera Fall Back with Hartford Opera Theater.  She was Atalanta in Handel’s Serse with the Pocket Opera of New York and Königin der Nacht in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Queens College, the City University of New York in the 2009-2010 season.  Previously, she performed La Musica and Proserpina in the award-winning production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at Queens College; La Fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon with the Charlemagne Orchestra, conducted by David Miller in Belgium; and Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone at Syracuse University.  In addition, she covered Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Opera New Jersey and Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Syracuse Opera. 
Earlier this year, Miss Cheng gave live performance in a WCNY interview with Bill Baker.  She also participated in concerts celebrating Chopin, Schumann and Barber’s anniversery year.  The year of 2009 was an exciting year for her.  In concert, she made her professional debut with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 under the baton of Mark Laycock.  She was also the soprano soloist in a semi-staged production of Orff’s Carmina Burana with Queens College Choral Society.  Additionally, she was invited to present a recital with a program of impressionism in collaboration with the exhibition of “Turner to Cézanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection, National Museum Wales” at the Everson Museum upstate New York, which earned her the acclam of “audience shouting and standing ovation for her performance… consummate phrasing, spot-on intonation, and effortless technical command from her”.  She also performed arias in the Achenseebahn 120 Anniversary Concert in Austria.  Prior to that, she was invited by the C. Bechstein America to perform in the Celebration of Liszt Concert in 2008.

  Miss Cheng recently won the Taiwan National Theater Concert Hall 2009 Young Star Audition, followed with a sold-out award-recital at the National Recital Hall in 2010.  She was also winner in the Liszt International Competition, The Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, the NTDTV’s Chinese International Vocal Competition, Paul Robeson Vocal Competition, and The Annual Civic Morning Musicals Vocal Competition.  Moreover, she was selected to be the young artist in the Mozartwoche in Salzburg. 



Miss Cheng holds a Bachelor’s degree in Administrative Management from the College of Law at Chinese Culture University in Taiwan, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s degree in Music Performance from Syracuse University, and an Artist Diploma from Queens Collage, CUNY.  She has been mentored by her teachers Dr. Sherry Overholt and Lauren Flanigan.

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