Song­bird blends mu­si­cal worlds

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By HENA hena@chi­nadaily.com.cn

She is slim, tall and fairskinned with a pair of big, in­no­cent eyes. Her dark hair is long and straight. Her pleas­ant smile and sweet voice give her the ap­pear­ance of the per­fect girl next door.

How­ever, when she is on stage fac­ing a big au­di­ence. She changes into a to­tally dif­fer­ent per­son. She sings in an ex­cep­tion­ally pure so­prano which is sonorous and strong — full of power and feel­ing.

She is Jiang Nan, a young lyric col­oratura so­prano singer with the China Opera and Dance Drama Com­pany and gold award win­ner of the Arts In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tion, a glob­ally fa­mous mu­sic con­test ini­ti­ated by the Arts In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic and Dance As­so­ci­a­tion (Canada) in 1998.

In many people’s eyes, bel canto is an art form that only serves a small group of people. But in Jiang’s mind, as long as the voices are beau­ti­ful, it should be pro­moted to the pub­lic.

She’s a bel canto singer, but she loves Chi­nese folk mu­sic and Chi­nese tra­di­tional cul­ture. She spends the ma­jor­ity of her leisure time prac­tic­ing and re­search­ing folk singing meth­ods.

Grad­u­ally, she found that the two singing meth­ods are not op­posed, but mu­tu­ally com­ple­men­tary. She has con­tin­ued to ex­per­i­ment with com­bin­ing bel canto with folk singing and has found the two singing meth­ods form a kind of unique aria that ap­peals to a wide au­di­ence.

Born in Fushun, Liaon­ing prov­ince, in 1981, Jiang demon­strated her talent from a young age.

“Both my par­ents’ work has noth­ing to do with mu­sic. Luck­ily, my un­cle is a pro­fes­sional singer in a lo­cal song and dance troupe and dis­cov­ered I can sing, other­wise I would be a teacher now,” Jiang says.

Jiang’s un­cle vol­un­teered to be her pri­vate mu­sic teacher be­fore she en­tered the Shenyang Con­ser­va­tory ofMu­sic for pro­fes­sional singing train­ing.

Singing needs talent, but suc­cess also re­quires hard work. As a soloist, you need to have your voice heard by ev­ery­one in the con­cert hall.

“Mu­sic has al­most oc­cu­pied her whole life, and the rest of her time is spent read­ing books,” Sun Xue­mei, Jiang’s best friend, says.

But Jiang was not sat­is­fied with her achieve­ments, and in­sisted on re­turn­ing to school for fur­ther study. She now stud­ies at the Cen­tral Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic with Dil­ber Yunus, an in­ter­na­tion­ally known lyric so­prano.

Dil­ber Yunus is very fond of her stu­dent and says: “Jiang Nan is a very gifted singer and her voice is pure, soft and melo­di­ous. She is a so­prano of great com­pass and pu­rity. It will be great if she can keep prac­tic­ing to con­trol her breath.”

Jiang also fre­quently vol­un­teers for char­i­ties. People of­ten find her at var­i­ous kinds of char­ity galas for dis­as­ter re­lief and shows for work­ers.

She is cur­rently in the Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion, where she will per­form for oil work­ers.

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