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Voice Type:

Countertenor

Nationality:

Chinese

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, French, Chinese

Opera

Little Squib/Dragonfly
The Remarkable Rocket (Waste Paper Opera Company)
Tête à Tête
2016
Oberon
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Benjamin Britten)
Hungarian State Opera/ Liszt Academy
2016
The Cherub
Figaro Gets a Divorce (Elena Langer)
Welsh National Opera
2016
Waiter
The Waiter's Revenge (Stephen Oliver)
Birmingham Opera
2015
Narkissus
Narkissus and Reflektions (Laurence Osborn)
Guildhall School of Music and Drama/ROH
2015
Ferryman
The Last Seed (Na’ama Zisser)
Tête à Tête
2015
Artemis
Phaedra, (Henze)
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
2015
Astron
The Ice Break (Tippett)
Birmingham Opera
2015
Nireno
Giulio Cesare (Handel)
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
2015
Hope/Shepherd(Cover), Spirit, Chorus
L'Orfeo (Monteverdi)
Royal Opera House/Round House
2015
San Giovanni Battista
San Giovanni Battista (Stradella)
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
2014
Didymus
Theodora (Staged) (Handel)
Benslow Music
2014
Fox/Coachman
The Adventures of Pinocchio (Jonathan Dove)
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
2014
Marco Fabio
Lucio Papirio Dittatore (Hasse)
Grosvenor Chapel, London Handel Festival
2013

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Independent Opera Fellowship (2015)

Independent Opera Vocal Scholarship (2014)

DipRAM (2013)

Kohn Foundation Scholarship (2011)

"Anna Harvey and Meili Li (in the joint role of space messenger Astron) rounded out a first-rate cast without any weak links." OPERA NOW, Warwick Thompson, June 2015 (2015)

"The countertenor role of Artemis was sung by Meili Li, who captured the strange beauty of the goddess’s voice." Claire Seymour, Operatoday (2015)

"There are other strands, too…the intervention of Astron (a double role, shared between Anna Harvey and Meili Li), an apparently extraterrestrial messenger who urges the crowd to cherish the Earth." THE GUARDIAN, Andrew Clements, 5th April 2015 (2015)

"Meili Li perfectly captured the inner serenity of the Baptist in both his inscrutable physical stillness and his unwavering, clean countertenor." Opera, August 2014 (2014)

"Meili Li was a charming Marco Fabio, hardly suggesting a venerable patrician, but good to hear. He had the liveliest stage presence, listening, looking, reacting; the others, expressively though they sang, tended to address scores on music-stands rather than their listeners." Andrew Porter, Opera (2013)

Opera Course, Artist Diploma
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
2013–2015
Vocal Department, MA, DipRAM
Royal Academy of Music
2011–2013
Film Making, BA
Peking University
2007–2011

MEILI LI is the first Chinese counter-tenor to have received a conservatoire education. After completing a BA in film studies at Peking University, he studied singing under Michael Chance at the Royal Academy of Music with the generous support of the Kohn Foundation. In 2013 he received an MA in voice with Distinction and a DipRAM award for his excellent performance in his final recital, being one of the few students in the history of the Royal Academy to receive full marks. He has completed his Artist Diploma on the opera course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2015, under the tuition of Yvonne Kenny, and with the generous support of Independent Opera Scholarship, the Salters’ Company and the Leverhulme Trust.

Meili has a wide range of repertoire, which includes Renaissance lute songs and vocal ensemble music, Baroque operas, oratorios and cantatas, early Classical operas and Lieder, Romantic German Lieder, French Mélodie and English songs, 20th and 21st century contemporary operas and songs. He has worked with distinctive conductors, musicians and directors such as Sir John Elliot Gardiner, Laurence Cummings, Rachel Podger, Margaret Faultless, Lawrence Zazzo, Patricia Bardon and Graham Vick, which has taken him to performances in Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Spain, Korea and all over UK and China.

His recent opera experience and future engagements include: Shepherd/Hope (Understudy), Spirit, chorus in L ́Orfeo, Royal Opera House; The Cherub(Understudy), Figaro Gets a Divorce, Elena Langer, Welsh Nation Opera; Astron in The Ice Break Tippett with CBSO, title role in The Waiter's Revenge, Birmingham Opera; Nireno in Giulio Cesare, Concertgebouw; Marco Fabio in Lucio Papirio Dittatore Hasse, London Handel Festival; Ferryman in The Last Seed, Tete a tete; Title role in Narkissus and Reflektions, Opera Makers; Didymus in Theodora Handel, Benslow Music. Title role in San Giovanni Battista Stradella; Fox/Coachman in The Adventure of Pinocchio Dove; Artemis in Phaedra Henze, Guildhall.

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