WenMeng Gu was born on September 4th, 1992, in ChengDu, the People’s Republic of China, in a family of musicians. When she was younger, she could often hear her father, who was a tenor, give singing lessons to students in their home and, under the influence of such an environment, she gradually fell in love with classical music. At the age of four, she started studying the piano. The passion towards opera, however, began the day when her father bought a record of Maria Callas.
I overheard the aria «O mio babbino caro» (Puccini’s («Gianni Schicchi») sung by La Callas on the record, and I was so deeply attracted by her singing and melody that I began to imitate it. That was the moment when my father knew for sure that I had the ability to become an opera singer and this is when I started studying under his guidance.
Nevertheless, Western European opera performances played a particularly important role for the young singer, the masterpiece that has left its mark on her being the production of Verdi’s La Traviata directed by Franco Zeffirelli, with Placido Domingo as Alfredo and Teresa Stratas as Violetta.
When I was a child, my desire was to perform the role of Violetta because of her beautiful dresses. When I grew up, this desire became even stronger, because I understood that this role was undoubtedly a challenge and a test for every soprano.
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