Xiao Di is a celebrated Peking Opera soprano specialising in Mei Lanfang Qingyi character-style.
As a disciple of Mei Lanfang’s son Mei Baojiu and the director of the Mei Lanfang Research Centre in Beijing, Xiao Di has been actively performing across the world in recent years.
‘Farewell My Concubine’ was first created by Mei Lanfang, one of the most famous Peking Opera stars in modern Chinese theatre, particularly known for his female lead roles and particularly his Qingyi character-style. Xiao Di has performed this work with multiple orchestras including the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra as part of the Beijing Music Festival, the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and this year with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
In 2001, Xiao Di won the Rose Award in the Liaoning Province Theatrical Competition and in 2005, became the winner of Best Performance of the National Youth Peking Opera Competition organised by the China Central Television. In 2010, she received the Wenhua Award of Excellent Performance in Liaoning Province. In November 2011, she won the golden prize of the sixth China Peking Opera Festival with her performance of A General’s Pathway.