Liang Zhao

Fellow- Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC)



Liang Zhao, Baritone, is a graduate of Wuhan Conservatory of Music. He went on
to receive his Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music in New
York City, under the tutelage of legendary bass-baritone, James Morris.
he continues his studies in Michigan State University with full scholarship and
teaching assistance position for Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
Liang has performed on stages in America, Europe, and his native China, including
a range of Bel Canto concerts in Tuscany, Italy, and the Verdi Square Festival
Concert in New York City. Recent operatic roles include Ford (Falstaff) 2023
Vicar (Albert Herring)2022, David (a hand of Bridge)2021 ,Publio (La clemenza di
Tito ), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), both with Manhattan School of Music Opera
Theater, and the Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) at Opera America. In the
2018 season, Liang was a Young Artist at Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, covering
Mandarino (Turandot), and performing Mr.Lundie (Brigadoon).
The summer of 2018 saw Liang winning a coveted position at iSING!
International Artists Festival in China. Touring with the Suzhou Symphony
Orchestra, Liang performed extracts from Bizet’s Carmen, along with a range of
Classic Chinese repertoire, under the baton of Maestro Dane Lam. This tour
comprised Liang’s solo debuts at Suzhou Grand Theatre, Shanghai Symphony
Orchestra Hall, and Beijing’s National Centre of the Performing Arts. The summer
of 2019 Liang won the second prize of Huang Long vocal Competition in China.
Winning second place in the 2021-22 National Opera Association's Opera
Production Competition for MSU's Albert Herring. His dissertation resulted in an
IPA-Mandarin guide for non-native Chinese speakers singing Art Songs, earning
the 1st prize in a dissertation competition in addition to prestigious scholarships
recognizing his vocal and academic accomplishments.