Melissa Bradshaw

Soprano Meigui Zhang awarded Verbier Festival Academy’s top honour

1:41, 5th August 2019

Chinese soprano Meigui Zhang, 25, has won the Verbier Festival Academy’s Prix Yves Paternot.

In tribute to Yves Paternot, founder of the Friends of the Verbier Festival and member of the Foundation’s board, the Prix Yves Paternot recognises the Academy’s most accomplished musician. The recipient is awarded CHF 10,000 and an invitation to return to Verbier in future to perform, as well as being eligible for a contribution of up to CHF 15,000 to support their artistic and professional development.

‘Meigui is an undeniable talent with remarkable potential,’ said Academy director Stephen McHolm. ‘She joins the ranks of outstanding young talents who have become ambassadors for both the Verbier Festival and its Academy: baritone Milan Siljanov (2016); mezzo-soprano Adele Charvet (2017), and violinist Timothy Chooi (2018).’

Zhang is part of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Programme and will make her Metropolitan Opera debut in the role of Bloody Child in Macbeth (October 2019). ‘I am honoured to receive this award and look forward to returning to Verbier as a member of the festival’s family in future summers,’ she comments. Zhang concludes her three weeks at the Verbier Festival by singing the role of Pamina in Die Zauberflote on the festival’s main stage at Salle des Combins on the festival’s closing afternoon.


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