YAGE 雅歌: A POETIC SENSE OF CHINA A Special Lecture and Performance at Yale by FAN JINGMA

SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014
3:00-5:00 PM
Sudler Recital Hall, William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall Street, New Haven, CT
The entrance faces Cross Campus (the courtyard adjacent to Sprague Hall)

Yage (雅歌), a new musical term, which originated in the Chinese language, literally means “Elegant Song.”  As an emerging musical genre, Yage or Chinese art songs, combines the Bel Canto technique, Lieder style, and Chinese poetry.  The singer is required to master the natural blending of controlled breathing with limpid Chinese diction to create the highest aesthetic beauty in both poetry and music.  As the founder of Yage, FAN Jingma, a refined opera singer, received his Bel Canto training in Italy (Carlo Bergonzi) and New York (Juilliard & Franco Corelli), in addition to his native China.


FAN Jingma came to international attention as a prize winner at the third Cardiff Singer of the World Competition (1987), and when he won a silver medal at the Rosa Ponselle International Vocal Competition (1988), and first prize in the Opera Index Vocal Competition (1991) in New York.  After having graduated from conservatory in his native China, FAN stayed on as a Professor of Voice.  He became a national celebrity overnight after winning China’s first Televised National Youth Vocal Competition.  He then went to Italy, where he refined his Bel Canto technique under the guidance of Carlo Bergonzi, and then furthered his studies at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.  He also studied with the famed tenor Franco Corelli from 1992 to 1993 in New York.

FAN Jingma’s wide repertoire includes a variety of roles, from the dramatic to the comic.  This includes leading roles in Faust and Don Carlos, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Alfredo in La Traviata, St. Louis in L’Oracolo, Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Don Jose in Carmen, Florestan in Fidelio, Eric in Die Fliegende Hollander, Su Chong in Das Land des Lachelns, and Evangelist in I Am the Way, etc.  FAN has performed all over the world in Europe, Britain, North America, Australia, Asia, Russia and Africa in both opera and concerts, where he has delighted audiences with his beautiful voice and truthful, vivid characterizations.  Opera Now described his portrayal of Goro in the 1997 release of the film Madam Butterfly (by Frederic Mitterand and with James Conlon) “worthy of an Oscar nomination.”  FAN Jingma is also an accomplished recitalist, and is particularly appreciated for his warm and true renditions of Yage or Chinese art songs, as well as Neapolitan songs.  Critics and fans alike have the highest praise for the collection of Neapolitan songs, which he recorded with the Central Ballet Orchestra of Beijing, and the CD of “The Most Beloved Tenor Arias” with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.  His most recent interpretation of “Chinese Lieder” in super audio CD, accompanied by Reinild Mees (Piano), was an immediate hit after its release by Channel Classics.