Born in China, Qui Lin Zhang lives in Paris where she has been formed at the Schola Cantorum then at the Conservatoire de Toulouse. She won in 1995 the Grand Prix du Concours International de Marmande as well as the Masters of French Chant in Paris the same year.
Qiu Lin Zhang sang Maddalena in Rigoletto in Rennes, Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito and Susuki in Madama Butterfly in Saint-Etienne and Marseille, Carmen at the Festival in Hong Kong with the Orchestra National de Lille, Ute in Happy Nibelungen by Oscar Straus in Caen. At the Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse Mère Jeanne in Dialogues des Carmelites, Néris in Medea by Cherubini, Third Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Erda and First Norn in Der Ring des Nibelungen, the Voice of the Mother in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Eine Stimme von Oben in Die Frau ohne Schatten, A Thebain in Oedipus by Enesco. She sang Rossweisse, Schwertleite in Die Walküre at the Opera in Amsterdam, Erda and First Norn in Paris’ Ring of Bob Wilson at the Chatelet and then at the Sao Carlo in Lisbon. With the Orchestra of Paris, she sang Erda in Siegfried in a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London and Madrid, The Mother in Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Massy and at the Opera Bastille Paris, Erda in the new Ring cycle at the Opera Bastille Paris and Erda in Siegfried at the Bavarian Opera Munic. Also Ulrica in Peking and La Cieca in La Gioconda in Marseille. Furthermore she was on tour with the Reiseopera in Holland with the role of Suzuki which she also sang at the Avenches Festival in Switzerland with the Lausanne Opera and appeared as Suzuki at the Royal Theatre La Monnaie in Brussels and in France and La Mère in Hoffmann’s Tales in Lausanne where she returns as Filiepievna (Eugene Oneguin). She took part in a creation by Detlev Glanert Solaris at the Cologne Oper and created a piece by Bright Cheng in San Francisco “Dream of the Red Chamber” which she also did at the Hong Kong Festival.
In concert, she performed notably Das Lied von der Erde in Mahler with the Orchestra de Paris and Christoph Eschenbach and with the Orchestre National de Lille conducted by Jean-Claude Casadesus. She sang Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestra of Besancon, Mozart’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elias with the Symphony Orchestra Tours, the Stabat Mater by Pergolese and Il Tramonto by Respighi with the National Chamber Orchestra of Toulouse, Des Knaben Wunderhorn in Rouen, the Rhapsody for Alto Brahms with the Orchestra National de Lille and the Kindertotenlieder with the Capitole Orchestra Toulouse, Wesendonck-lieder with Orchestra Lamoureux de Paris, Mozart’s Requiem in Marseille as well as Mahler songs.