Jin-Xiang Yu

Style: World; Pop; Opera; Rock; Classical; Musical Theatre

Title: M.M, B.M., B.A.


Raised in Japan, 郁金香 (Jin-Xiang Yu) is a soprano with roots from China, Japan, Korea, and Russia. She grew up in a family of musicians and painters, speaking Japanese and Mandarin Chinese and learning English and Spanish at international schools. In her early years, she was an avid athlete, dancer, trumpet player, and pianist before moving to New York City, where she discovered her love for the voice through her studies in linguistics and communication. After over a decade of studying, performing, and teaching languages and musical arts in New York City, she has recently decided to call Cottonwood Heights, Utah, her new home. In March, she will perform the opera monodrama Chhlong Tonle (Crossing the River) with the support of the Opera America IDEA Grant. Some of her other recent works include recording Daniel Sabzghabaei's Quiet Thoughts at Night with BIPOC Voices, choreographing Matilda: The Musical at the Cottonwood Heights community theatre, and starring in commercials. She and her partner Bill founded the Music Under The Willow summer concert series at The Creative Little Garden New York City in 2016, and they are excited to be more involved in bringing music, arts, and experience to the local communities new to them. As a linguist, Jin-Xiang has been inspired to express her love of language through song. In April, she will be singing in Anthony R. Green’s The Gettysburg Address with NOVA Chamber Music Series with hopes that this timely piece can help invigorate our sense of purpose as a united people.

Following her appearance as Elle in Poulenc’s La voix humaine, she was praised by the New York Classical Review as a “robust soprano with secure amber tone…[with a] beautiful sense of phrasing and formidable French diction” and by Parterre as “a startling departure as Elle...remarkable for its conviction, guts, and endurance,” and The New York Times hailed her “compelling performance that traced the shifting moods vividly.” In Jack Perla’s An American Dream at Opera Maine, the Portland Press Herald praised “her bright, clear timbre and admirable vocal flexibility to create a moving portrayal of Setsuko.”

In recent years, she has been a guest soloist with the Yonkers Philharmonic under Maestra Tong Chen and has performed with Yale Philharmonia in Messiaen’s Poèmes pour Mi under Maestro Peter Oundjian. Recently, she sang O Holy Night at St. Patrick's Cathedral's A City Singing at Christmas and was a part of NAXOS's Songs of Peace and Praise. She sang the role of Papagena (Der Zauberflöte) with Yale Opera, was the soprano soloist with the Yale Concert Band in the performance of 岁月甘泉 / Ask the Sky and the Earth, and took part in the Mile-Long Opera by David Lang produced on the High Line in New York City and in Mother of Us All with the Juilliard School and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Previous roles include: Kaede in the world premiere of Mumyo and Aizen (Lincoln Center), Steve Reich's Tehillim with Face the Music and Alarm Will Sound (le Poisson Rouge), Domina in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Kupferberg Center), Bloody Mary in South Pacific (Kupferberg Center), Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites (Kupferberg Center), Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi (Sprague Hall), and Titania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shubert Theatre). She has performed in scenes as Zdenka in Arabella, Magda in La Rondine, the title role in Roméo et Juliette, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Bystrouška in Janáček’s Příhody lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen). As a 2015 Bonfils-Stanton Apprentice Artist at Central City Opera, she sung the role of Annina in La Traviata and la Japonaise in Boismortier’s Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse and covered Aldonza in Man of La Mancha.

She holds a degree in theatre dance from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from CUNY Queens College, and a Master of Music in Opera from Yale School of Music. She is a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award and the William Orr Dingwall Korean Ancestry Grant. She has been a semi-finalist of the Young Concert Artist Competition, a finalist in the Kaleidoscope Instrumental and Vocal Competition, and the first-place winner of the Lyra NY International Vocal Competition in Art Song.

Voice Type: Soprano

Music Styles Taught: World; Pop; Opera; Rock; Classical; Musical Theatre

Availability: I am available as a performer; I have a wait-list for private lessons; I am currently accepting private students; I am available as a clinician or presenter; I offer lessons in a group environment; I accept students through a college or university program

Contact Information


7485 S 2135 E
Salt Lake City, 8412
USA 84121

MOBILE: 6465442162

E-mail: jinxiang.y@gmail.com

Vcard: import to my address book