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  • Furong Gardner (Mezzo-Soprano)

    has over twenty years of experience as a performer with the Shanghai and Sichuan Opera Houses in China. She holds a Bachelor of Music from The Shanghai Conservatory and a Master of Music in Voice Performance from Boston Conservatory of Music. She has studied with Elisabeth Phinney at Boston Conservatory, with Richard Barrett of the Mannes College of Music in New York City, and with Xiao-Yan Zhou, Ren-Qing Zhang and Jing-Zu Bien at Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China.

    Her operatic repertoire includes roles in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute, Bizet’s Carmen, Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri and The Barber of Seville, and Purcell’s Dido’s Lament. Other roles include alto solo in Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Weber’s Mass in G Major, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Vaughan Williams’s Hodie. She has also performed major operatic roles with the San Francisco Opera House.

    She made her Carnegie Hall debut, performing the Alto solo in Handel’s Messiah, on September 11, 1999. She was also invited to China for the “New Year’s Concert 2000” performing at Shanghai Great Theater with the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra. She was a guest soloist with Brevard University of Florida Choir for the “European Concert Tour 2000” that went to Milano, Italy; Lugano, Switzerland; and Paris, France. She was also in Rui-Shi Zhou’s opera “Go for me to China” which made its performing debut in June 2001 at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver Canada.

    In addition to performing, Ms. Gardner teaches Voice at South Shore Conservatory and Newton Chinese School. She also is a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing.