22 / 23 SEASON

For Longy’s 2022–2023 event season, we invite you to leave all preconceptions at home.

Musical experiences can have any starting point. Whether born of complex ideas, emotional impulses, or spontaneous inspiration, every music maker begins wherever they are—which is exactly where they need to be.

Just as there’s no right way, no single starting line for becoming a musician, composer, or performer, there’s no one correct entry point for us as the audience. There’s no required reading for experiencing a piece of music, no prerequisite understanding or context to bring with you to a musical experience. You come to it from wherever you are.

In relinquishing our ideas of what a musical experience should be, we open ourselves to receiving and internalizing music in a way that is unique and true to each of us.

Every artist, composer, and musician represented in this season’s program took a different path to arrive at Longy, detours and scenic routes included. We hope the stories on our stages this year inspire you to begin your own new journey, no matter where you start. Allow yourself to begin wherever you are.

When there’s no set path to follow, you become free to begin anywhere.

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Celebrity Series | Ying Fang, soprano | Ken Noda, piano

Wednesday • February 12, 2020   |   8:00 pm

“A star in the making,” according to The New York Times, and hailed as “the most gifted Chinese soprano of her generation,” by the Ningbo Daily, soprano Ying Fang is cultivating a burgeoning international career on some of the world’s most important opera and concert stages. A former member of the Lindemann Young Artist Program, she has appeared in ten productions at the Metropolitan Opera, most recently her role debut as Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito in 2019. The New York Times praised her performance as “a source of pure joy and light…sung with a soprano of succulent sweetness.”

She has appeared in concert with many of the country’s top orchestras, debuting in 2018-19 with the San Francisco and Houston Symphonies, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the BSO under Andris Nelsons in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection. Praised for the purity and agility of her voice and her direct and persuasive acting, Ying Fang’s Boston recital debut promises an intimate evening of riveting artistry.

Seating for this performance is limited.

New York Times, How Does a Normal Person Transform Into an Opera Singer? Ying Fång lives in the modern world most of the week, conserving her soprano voice with silence, stretching and sleep. Until it’s time to go onstage.


Wednesday • February 12, 2020
8:00 pm
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