Magic & Mayhem Artist Interviews: Sangying Li

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Get to know the cast of Magic & Mayhem!

Sangying Li, soprano, will be performing "O zittre Nicht" from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte , "The Phantom of the Opera" (Webber) with tenor Marques Hollie, and "Der Tod und das Mädchen"(Schubert) with mezzo-soprano Kirsti Esch.

Tell us about what you’re singing and how it fits into the “Magic and Mayhem” theme.

The aria from Die Zauberflöte shows the different sides of the Queen--the angry dark power, the false sadness, and the crazy ecstasy when she finally tries to convince the prince to rescue her daughter. While the first Queen of the Night aria is not as famous as the second one, I actually like it better. The coloratura part at the end is so beautiful!  “The Phantom of the opera" duet is full of mysteries, I always feel so excited when the melody is played. “Das Tod und das Mädchen ” is actually my favorite. I'll be singing the Maiden part---she is so frightening and scared when seeing the death at the beginning, but the death was very powerful and peaceful at the same time for taking her to a beautiful place.

Describe your dream role.

The Queen of the Night :)

If you weren’t an artist, what would your dream job be?

I would like to be a chef!

Tell us something unusual or bizarre about your hometown.

My hometown, Hunan, is so famous for spicy food and spicy food and spicy food.

What’s on your schedule after Magic & Mayhem?

I'll be singing Rosina with Vocal Productions NYC in December.