iSING! International Young Artists Festival 2020



The iSING! Festival is a one-of-kind international opera experience, and the first-ever festival dedicated to the vocal arts in China.   


Founded in 2011 with a mission to introduce Mandarin as a lyric language, and Chinese vocal music as an emerging genre in the mainstream music world, iSING! offers a unique opportunity for Western singers to explore the new and exciting opera scene in China.  Since its launch in 2011, this pioneering program has attracted major media coverage such as the BBC, MSNBC, Associated Press, New York Times and the TIME magazine. 

This year marks the 10th season of the iSING! International Young Artists Festival. Held at state-of-the-art Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre, the iSING! Festival continues to attract the finest young artists.


The 2020 year of this full-scholarship program will offer: 


•    Intensive 4-week training in both Western and Chinese opera repertoire, Mandarin lessons
      and immersion in an
“East Meets West” cultural exchange

•    Faculty includes coaches from the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro Carlo Felice, Komische Oper

•    Performances of opera scenes from Western and Chinese classics with Suzhou Symphony


The momentum is building for the iSING! Opera Center, dedicated to producing Chinese contemporary operas, commissioning new works, and providing iSING! artists an opportunity to perform and participate in original creations.


After nine triumphant seasons, the iSING! Festival has garnered critical acclaim:


•   Nurturing over 285 singers from 38 countries

•   Performing in major venues internationally

•   Creating opportunities for iSING! artists to star in world premieres of three modern
    Chinese operas on tour in top 
venues in China, Austria, Germany, Italy, and the US

•   Ushering alumni onto the stages of some of the world’s preeminent opera houses

Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre is the official home of iSING! Festival.  Suzhou is an alluring city with a 2000-year-old history and hailed as "Venice of the Orient".

Designed for graduate-level and pre-professional singers, the program is open to all nationalities.  No prior knowledge of Mandarin is necessary.


iSING! Opera Center 2019

After nine years of our pioneering and highly successful iSING! Festival we are very excited to announce the formation of the iSING! Opera Center.  The Center will focus on original creations of contemporary operas and cutting-edge presentations of  Western operas.  Over the years, the Festival has done a few short, fully-staged operas, but this will take the iSING! program to the next level of performance.

Stay tuned to learn the details of the 2019 debut opera performance.


Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre

Opera House, Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre

Suzhou Garden