In 2018, Sharon Zhai will make her Opera Australia début – as Cio-Cio-San in the touring production of Madama Butterfly.
Chinese-born, Sharon graduated in Opera Performance from the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing before obtaining a Masters in Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She was awarded a Distinguished Talent Visa by the Australian Governement and has recently returned to Sydney having spent 8 years based in Italy.
After private study with soprano Tiziana Fabbriccini and Maestro Leone Magiera, she won the OMEGA competition in Florence, the ‘Umberto Giordano’ competition in Lucera, Foggia and the ‘Magda Olivero’ award in Saluzzo, Cuneo; Sharon also won the Mietta Song Recital Award in Melbourne, Australia.
Her many performances in principal roles have included: Zerlina (Don Giovanni) in Codroipo and Triste; Anna (Nabucco) in Cremona, Brescia, Como and Pavia; Gilda (Rigoletto) in Saluzzo; Desdemona (Carlo Pedini’s Jago) for the International Opera Theater of Philadelphia; Liù (Turandot) at the Teatro San Giovanni Bosco di Bergamo and many roles in Puccini’s Il Trittico for the Macau International Music Festival, China.