The Chinese mezzo soprano Hongni Wu was enrolled at the beginning of the 2018/19 season in the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. At the Royal Opera House she has sung Flora (La traviata) under Antonello Manacorda, Mercédès (Carmen) in a production by Barrie Kosky, Second Lady (The Magic Flute) and Siébel (Faust). At the Linbury Theatre Hongni Wu was greatly praised in the title role of Hans Werner Henze’s Phaedra and was heard in the Young Artists Summer Showcase in scenes from Pelléas et Mélisande and Il barbiere di Siviglia
Among the roles she performed during her studies at the Manhattan School of Music were Angelina (LaCenerentola), Sesto (La clemenza di Tito), also La libellule (L’enfant et les sortilèges). Furthermore she sang Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) at Maine Opera, Prinz Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus) at the Martina Arroyo Foundation, the title role in Carmen at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music and Mrs Umeya (Qingling Song) at the Guangzhou Opera House.
As winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, in 2018 Hongni Wu graduated as Master of Music at the Manhattan School of Music, after having gained a Bachelor of Music degree at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. In addition she took part in the Summer Opera Programme of the Scuola di Belcanto in Urbania.
Hongni Wu has appeared on the concert platform with Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Wuhan and the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestras, also in Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion during one of the national tours through China directed by the composer himself. She has given numerous solo recitals in North America and China and appeared in the Martina Arroyo Prelude Gala Concert as well as in the Spring Luncheon Cabaret in New York. In 2021 she is making her debut as a guest at the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival.