A native of Jinan, China, tenor Yi Li is in his first year of WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. He recently received his Artist Diploma from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). He will represent China in the 2013 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in summer 2013. A graduate of San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera Program, he has also participated in CCM's festival in Spoleto, Italy, as well as the Opera Studio Nederland in Amsterdam. Recent performances include Tamino in The Magic Flute, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Alfredo in La traviata, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo in La bohème, and Cavaradossi in Tosca. He won first prize at the 2012 Opera Columbus Irma M. Cooper Vocal Competition; the 2009 International Singing Competition in Marmande, France; and the 2008 World Chinese Singing Competition of Taipei. A 2012 regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, he has also received prizes from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation and the Gerda Lissner Foundation, and was a finalist in the 2009 Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition.