One of the brightest mezzo-sopranos on the current opera scene, Ning Liang has already been heard in many of the world's leading opera houses. After earning a master's degree at the Juilliard School, Ms. Liang went on to become the first Chinese singer to perform principle roles at such international houses as the Metropolitan Opera (Octavian), La Scala (Idamante) and Vienna State Opera (the Composer: Ariadne auf Naxos) Ms.Liang is also first Chinese singer appeared at the Hamburg State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Staatsoper, Bologna's Teatro Comunale, , Opera Marseilles, Royal Opera La Monnaie, Brussels, Israeli Opera and many others. Having made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Octavian, in recent seasons Ms. Liang returned to the Met and co-created the role of the Shaman in the premiere of Tan Dun's opera The First Emperor. She created the role of Lu in three different productions of Tan Dun's opera Tea for Suntory Hall, the Netherlands Opera, and the Stockholm Symphony production by Chang Ching.
Her repertoire also includes Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Rosina in Barbiere di Silviglia, Juno and Ino in Semele, Arsace in Semiramide, Malcolm Groem in La Donna del Lago, Isabella in L'Italiana in Algeri, Charlotte in Werther, Giovanna in Anna Bolena, Adalgisa in Norma, Magareta in La damnation de Faust, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Azucena in Il Trovatore, Preziosila in La Forza del Destino, Nicklausse in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Magdalene in Die Meistersinger, Ottavia in L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Sesto in Giulio Cesare, Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice, Maffio Orsina in Lucrezia Borgia, Fricka in Das Rheingold, Mescalina in Le Grand Magabre, and the title roles in Serse and Tancredi.
Ms. Liang is also an active concert and recital singer, and has worked with Giuseppe Sinopoli, Gary Bertini, Riccardo Muti, Sir Colin Davis, Christian Thielemann, Eliahu Inbal, Peter Schreier, Gerd Albrecht, and James Colon. She has also sung in many important European festivals such as Wiener Festwochen, Bregenz Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Savonlinna Music Festival, and festivals in Dresden, Ludwigsburg, Bad Kissingen, Athens, and Rheingau.
Ms. Liang is a winner of the Metropolitan National Council Competition, the Mirjam Helin Competition, the Musician's Emergency Competition, the Rosa Ponselle International Vocal Competition, the Loren L. Zachery Competition, and the Luciano Pavarotti Competition.
Ms. Liang appeared as Suzuki in Mitterand's 1995 film of Madame Butterfly, a role she has also performed at La Scala, the Netherlands Opera, in October 2008 at Los Angeles Opera, and in this coming season in Washington National Opera.
Ms. Liang is a winner of the Metropolitan National Council Competition, the Rosa Ponselle International Vocal Competition, the Luciano Pavarotti Competition, and Mirjam Helin Competition. A frequent performer of Mahler, Ms. Liang has recorded the composer's Second and Eighth Symphonies as well as Das Lied von der Erde.
In addition to her work with Washington National Opera, upcoming engagements include Barcelona and Buenos Aires in the role of Mescalina (Le Grand Macabre)