It’s all Long Long now, not Lang Lang

It’s all Long Long now, not Lang Lang


norman lebrecht

October 27, 2019

The Chinese lyric tenor Long Long, 28, was pronounced winner of the Neue Stimmen competition on German television last night.

A member of the Opera Studio at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, he recently joined Staatsoper Hannover.


The women’s section was won by a Russian soprano, Anna El-Khashem, 23.


  • TakeCare says:

    Norman, also when it’s not a female conductor, you also have to mention the fabulous 23-year-old soprano Anne El-Khashem who won the first prize of the women category of NEUE STIMMEN yesterday.

    • Michael says:

      Fabulous? I found Anna absolutely dreadful! Not worthy the 1st place at all. Not to mention that her father is a very influential RUSSIAN oligarch which makes it even more suspicious…
      Did you even listen to the french soprano Helena Carpentier? She didn’t get any prize… what a shame.

  • Thomas Silverbörg says:

    Kudos. Dreadfully slow, but he went the distance.

  • Anmarie says:

    But does he practice 40 hours a day like Ling Ling?

  • Victoria says:

    The young tenor from China is also a finalist of last year’s Operalia. I found his singing beautiful and elegant.

    Here is him singing Faust’s aria “Salut ! Demeure chaste et pure” at the Operalia finals concert.

  • RW2013 says:

    and not a single singer on the jury!

    • Tamino says:

      Indeed! Astonishing.
      It’s the end phase for our societal order.
      It’s all about power. The gloves are off.
      You do something well, know something well? Irrelevant. Now it’s only about power.
      ‘Are you useful for someone with power’ is the only question young professionals need to ask themselves.
      It’s a poisoned dirty water, come in, have a swim…

      (I suppose Meyer was in charge of forming the jury?)

    • Nick2 says:

      That may be a fair comment but one of the key jury members for many years has been Brian Dickie, with many decades experience as a distinguished opera administrator at Glyndebourne and Artistic Chief at Wexford, Canadian Opera and the Opera Co. of Chicago. I doubt if there is much, if anything, he does not know about “the voice”!

  • Petros Linardos says:

    It’s still bash bash for Lang Lang.