“I much enjoyed your singing. In particular I admired what you made of the “Finta” duet, not an especially easy piece […] Your excellent technique and your hard work impressed me a lot” David Syrus (head of music, Royal Opera House)
Li Li, Chinese-born soprano now based in the UK, has been awarded the Cecil Drew Oratorio Prize (2010), Birmingham Conservatoire Singing Prize (2010), Mario Lanza Opera Prize (2009, Ashleyan Opera Prize (2009), and two Beijing vocal competitions dedicated to young artists (2005-2006).
She graduated at the Beijing Normal University (2008), and obtained both Diploma (2009) and MMus (2010) with distinction at the Birmingham Conservatoire. She held the Ellen May Cheshire Scholarship, awarded to Birmingham Conservatoire’s most promising artists.
Li Li’s teachers and coaches, amongst others: Alison Pearce, Margaret Field, Julian Pike, Lin Sun, Jane Robinson, Cheryl Studer, and Stephen Barlow. In May 2010, she received high recommendation in the master class of David Syrus in Wales.
Li Li has given regular performances in the UK and China. Besides her wide crossover repertoire, Li Li's opera roles and scenes feature: Queen of Night The Magic Flute, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi Cosi fan Tutte in Birmingham; and as far as chorus is concerned, amongst others, Raymond Gubbay's production of Puccini's Madame Butterfly at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Performances also include: David Syrus Masterclass Concert (Swansea City Opera), Chinese New Year Festival (Zhijiang City, China), soloist on G.F. Handel’s “Messiah”, soloist on Coleshill Last Night of the Proms, solo recital at the King’s College London, and various recitals in British historical churches (St. Stephen’s Walbrook, St. Georges Bloomsbury, St Olave’s, etc).
Li Li is currently touring the UK with Britain’s Got Talent’s finalist saxophonist Julian Smith.
Furthermore, she is due to appear as Cio Cio San in the new production “Finding Butterfly” by Steve Tiller, to be staged in London in the autumn 2012; and again in the same role with the Park Opera production of “Madame Butterfly” in February 2013.