Lang Yuk Sau was born on November 4, 1918 in Shanghai,
although her ancestral home was Lanxi, a few hours away. Her family
background was very condusive to the Arts. Her Grandfather Lang Kam Tong
was fond of Chinese opera and painting, having a good voice himself.
Lang's father, Lang Ching-shan, was known as the "Father of Asian
Photographic Art". As a young girl , she was influenced by Western
music as well as Chinese, particularly Folk Songs.
the fall of 1934, aged 15, she entered the Shanghai National
Conservatory of Music, where she studied under Professor Su Shilin. The
EMI record company had already signed her, and she recorded a number of
songs including "Family", "Nostalgia", and " Falling Petals." In 1937,
she went to the Belgian Royal Academy of Music, studying under Dai Yisi.
Upon returning to Shanghai in 1941, she continued her studies of all
aspects of music, and continued her mastery of foreign languages. She
was also a music translator and a teacher. Most of all, she enjoyed
singing in concert. "The concert is my teacher", she would say, "and the
applause is the evaluation of my concert."
She still continued to travel around the world, earning great praise wherever she went. Italian tenor, Gigli, was one of many admirers. In 1981, still singing beautifully she announced, "I am over sixty, and energy does not allow me solo concert. I would like to spend more time on translation and summary of concerts and teaching; to leave something of value to future generations, and music, but I'll never say goodbye to music." And she didn't, until her quiet passing on July 7, 2012 in the West China Hospital, Sichuan University. Although 94, she was still teaching up until her illness. She asked for a low-key funeral. Lang Yuk Sau, Yu Yixuan, Zhou Xiaoyan, and Huang Youkui, were known as "The Four Chinese sopranos."