a BBC publication Jingma Fan was called “…. a tenor
who has a voice as charming as those of Pavarotti and the legendary
Gigli.” He came to international attention as a prizewinner
at the third Cardiff Singer of the World Competition,
and when he won a silver medal at the Rosa Ponselle International
Vocal Competition and first prize in the Opera Index
vocal Competition in New York.
After having graduated from the conservatory in his native China,
he stayed on as a professor of voice and music theory. He became
a national celebrity overnight after winning China’s first
Televised National 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.
Although he has a special affinity for the Italian repertoire,
his wide repertoire includes a variety of roles, from the dramatic
to the comic. Recently he has also ventured into the very specialized
domain of modern Chinese opera. He has performed all over the
world in Europe, Britain, Northern America, Australia, Asia,
Russia and Africa in opera and concert, where he delighted audiences
with his beautiful voice and truthful and vivid characterizations.
Opera Now called his portrayal of Goro in the 1997 release of
the film Madam Butterfly (by Frédéric
Mitterand and with James Conlon) "worthy of an Oscar nomination".
He is also an accomplished recitalist and is particularly appreciated
for his warm and true renditions of the Neapolitan songs. Critics
and fans alike has the highest praise for the collection of
Neapolitan songs which he recorded with the Central Ballet Orchestra
Mr. Fan was recently invited by the first lady of France to
sing at a cancer benefit concert in the Royal Theatre at the
Palace of Versailles.
Currently, Mr. Fan has been commissioned to make a series of
CDs of "The American Modern Classics".
Fan’s recent activities have included his appearance at
The Lincoln Center Festival in the summer of 2002, in the role
of Ye Yan in The Night Banquet, a new opera by Wenjing
Guo, and directed by Chen Shi-Zheng. He also performed the opera
in Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam and Perth, Australia. In the
summer of 2003, he sang the role of Don Ottavio in Don Juan
in Prague at the Bard Festival, and in the spring of 2004,
he created the role of The Journalist in the new opera by Xu
Shuya In Memory of Taiping Lake at the Concertgebouw
in Amsterdam. He also did a concert of Verdi Arias as well as
the Verdi Requiem with the Summit Symphony. He has
recently made his return to China for a series of concerts and
recitals, where he has also been featured on various television
programs and his career was profiled in a national TV program.