Mezzosoprano Xiaoyi Xu began her vocal studies in 2006 at the Conservatory Beijing, completing her Bachelor’s Degree in 2010. She continued her training with a Eurasia-Pacific Uninet scholarship at the University for Music and the Performing Arts in Graz, where she studied with Claudia Rüggeberg and Briggite Fassbaender.
While studying in Graz, she began performing roles that included Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Dorothea Caccini in Donizetti’s Viva La Mamma, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel as well as The Mistress of the Novices in Puccini’s Suor Angelica. Between 2012 and 2014 she was a member of the Opera Studio Graz, where her roles included Second Witch in Dido and Aeneas, Mercédès in Carmen, Meg Page in Falstaff, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Flora Bervoix in La traviata and the Madrigal Singer in Manon Lescaut. In September 2013 she successfully debuted as Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte , and subsequently performed the Dritte Dame in The Magic Flute, Barena in Janacek’s Jenůfa and again Hänsel, all at Oper Graz, where she also covered the role of Leonore in La Favorite, Rosina in Il barbiere di siviglia, Sorceress/Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Emilia in Otello and Siebel in Faust.
Between 2014 and 2015 Xiaoyi Xu was a member of the ensemble of Oper Graz, performing roles such as Amastris in Handel’s Xerxes, Brigitta and Lucienne in Korngold’s Die tote Stadt, Rosette in Massenet’s Manon and again the Dritte Dame. She also made guest appearances as Barena (Jenůfa) at the National Theater Brno, as Amastris (Xerxes) at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, as Carmen at the Fujian Fuzhou Great Theatre in China as well as Dorabella at the Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium.
In the 2016-17 season Xiaoyi Xu sings the role of Hänsel at the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, where she also will be heard as Nuschabe in the opera Neda..She also made important debuts at the Wiener Festwochen and the Berliner Festspiele as Blumenmädchen in Mondparsifal Alpha 1-8, Jonathan Meese’s adaption von Wagner’s Parsifal under Simone Young. In the 2017-18 season she joins the ensemble of the Staatstheater Darmstadt, where she will perform roles such as Cherubino, Prince Orlofsky, Kristina and Dorabella. In addition she will debut as Zerlina in Don Giovanni at the National Theatre Beijing.
She has worked with conductors:
Frank Cramer ( Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali / Le nozze di Figaro / Suor Angelica / Hänsel und Gretel )
Johannes Fritzsch ( Dido and Aeneas / Carmen / Hänsel und Gretel / Falstaff )
Domingo Hindoyan ( La Traviata / Hänsel und Gretel )
Jose Miguel Esandi ( Manon Lescaut / Die Zauberflöte )
Micheal Boder ( Manon Lescaut )
Dirk Kaftan( Die Zauberflöte / Jenůfa / Die tote Stadt / Manon )
Giacomo Sagripanti ( La Favorite )
Michael Hofstetter ( Così fan tutte )
Marius Burkert ( Hänsel und Gretel/ Manon / Der ferne Klang )
Konrad Junghänel ( Xerxes )
Xincao Li ( Carmen)
Jia Lü ( Così fan tutte )
Rodrigo Tomillo (Hänsel und Gretel / Neda / Das hässliche Entlein)
Simone Young (Mondparsifal)
Ruben Dubrovsky ( Le nozze di Figaro)
worked with Stagedirectors:
Barbara Beyer ( Le convenienze ed in convenienze teatrali / Le nozze di Figaro / Hänsel und Gretel / Cosi fan Tutte )
Annette Wolf ( Suor Angelica )
Stefan Herheim ( Carmen / Manon Lescaut )
Peter Konwitschny ( La Traviata / Jenůfa )
Brigitte Fassbaender ( Hänsel und Gretel )
Mariame Clément ( Die Zauberflöte )
Sam Brown ( La Favorite )
Tama Matheson ( Falstaff )
Darrel Toulon ( Dido and Aeneas )
Johannes Erath ( Die tote Stadt )
Elmar Goerden( Manon )
Florentine Klepper( Der ferne Klang )