Meet the Region Finalists: Boya Wei

Boya Wei

Soprano Age 29

Region Finals Repertoire

Je suis encore tout étourdie------Manon------Massenet
Da tempeste il legno infranto------Giulio Cesare------Handel
Ah! non credea mirarti...Ah! non giunge------La Sonnambula------Bellini                            Presentation of the rose------Der Rosenkavalier------Strauss
Be kind and courteous------A Midsummer Night's Dream------Britten


Opera Idols: Tell us a little bit more about yourself.
Boya Wei: I come from Harbin, China. I went to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing for my BM, then to Mannes College of Music for my MM. I will finish my PSD there this spring.

OI: Do you remember the first opera you saw?
BW: I always loved singing growing up, and I decided to be an opera singer the first time I saw La Bohème- I remember that it was a DVD I got from the library at home, and I was sitting comfortably on the sofa wondering what this was, and I completely fell in love. Freni was Mimi, and I cried so badly watching the opera. If this was an art form with beautiful stories, gorgeous music and magical singing, how could I not love it? La Bohème is still one of my favorite operas. 

OI: How will you be preparing for the Regionals?  
BW: For the Regional Finals, I'm preparing with lessons and coachings, and doing my best to stay in good health. I gave myself a short break after December's opera performance (I performed Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi). Since the holidays, I've been also working on my post-graduate recital - I'm doing an entirely new repertoire for that, which is very exciting.

OI: What advice would you give to future applicants?  
BW: Just do it. I waited so long to enter any competitions, because I'm always telling myself - "no, you are not ready." But now that I entered, I realize competitions are less about competing than about giving singers the opportunity to sing in front of people, and if you get a good result, great, that's the judges trying to tell you, "yeah, you are on the right track!" If not, so you know you need to work harder to fix things and just do it again, no big deal!

OI: What roles have you performed?  Any dream roles you would like to sing?
BW: The first role I ever did was Norina from Don Pasquale with the Mannes Opera in 2012. I will be forever grateful to Mannes and to the wonderful people there for the opportunities I was lucky enough to have. I have also done two Rossini operas - Giulia in La Scala di Seta, and Contessa di Folleville in Il Viaggio a Reims. Two Puccini operas - Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and one Mozart - Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. I also covered Gilda in Rigoletto. For my dream roles, I'm not sure at the moment. I love singing Händel, Mozart, Strauss, and bel canto repertoire -  Donizetti, Rossini, Bellini. I also adore Puccini, but there isn't as much of it that would be right for me at the moment. I'm also looking forward to doing more repertoire in the coming years.

OI: What do you enjoy most about participating in the National Council Auditions?
BW: It has been a wonderful experience. The district auditions this year was my first time singing in the MONC auditions (I applied last year, but had to cancel because I got sick). So because it was my first time I was quite nervous, but everyone was so friendly, and they all wanted to help and see everyone do their best.  

OI: Do you have any upcoming performances/recitals?
BW: Yes, I will be giving my post-graduate recital at Mannes College of Music's concert hall on February 27th, at 8pm.