The mezzo-soprano Huiling Zhu was born in Shanghai. After her graduating from the Middle School affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music, she started her vocal study in Europe. She studied at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg where she made her bachelor and master degree. 2011 she received her doctor degree of opera performing and singing at the Hochschule für Musik Stuttgart.
After her graduation, she is becoming one of the few Asian female singers to perform on European stage. Her opera roles are including Carmen (Carmen), Werther (Charlotte), Così fan tutte (Dorabella), Tannhäuser (Venus), L’Heure Espagnole (Concepción), Wildness (Mother Jiao) etc.
She made her China debut in 2013, as Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, directed by Francesca Zambello, produced by NCPA China. Collaborated with different Chinese major orchestras — including Shanghai Symphony Ochestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra — and opera houses, she has sung Mahler’s Symphony No.2, No.3, Das Lieder von der Erde and Des Knaben Wunderhorn with M° Yu Long, M° Muhai Tang, M° Zhang Yi, M°Lü Shao Chia, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with M° Lü Jia, As Concepción in Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole and Bernstein’s Sympnony No. 1 with M° Zhang Jiemin, and the world premiere of Ye Xiaogang’s Symphony No.4, No.5 and No.6 . In April 2017, she made a triumph Carmen with M° Yang Yang and China National Opera. She was singing also at the Shanghai 2018 New Year’s Concert with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and M° Manfred Honeck, and 2019 new year concert in NCPA with M° Zhang Yi and National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra. In 2018, she joined Tan Dun’s opera The Buddha Passion World tournée in Dresden (world premiere), then performed in Los Angeles(under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel) and Melbourne, Hong Kong.
Ms. Zhu represented Asia on Human Right’s Day Concert in 2017 and 2018 at the United Nations in Geneva alongside Leo Nucci for children’s right to education and dignity through music.
Apart from her singing career, she is the artistic director of the charitable foundation Stiftung Chinesische Nachwuchskünstler e. V. in Hamburg (Germany) since 2008, jury member of the Timmendorfer Strand Music Festival Singing Competition, and The Chinese Golden Bell Award for Music 2019.