Jin-Xiang Yu



郁金香 / Jin-Xiang Yu is a Chinese-Japanese-Korean-Russian soprano raised in Japan. She grew up in a musical family speaking Japanese, English, and Mandarin Chinese while learning Spanish and being an avid athlete, a trumpet player, and a pianist while attending international schools.

Following her recent 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. Last year, 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. 

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. She and her husband are dedicated to bringing music to local communities and have just completed their second year of hosting their free summer concert series, Music Under The Willow, at Creative Little Garden in NYC’s East Village.


a startling departure as Elle…remarkable for its conviction, guts, and endurance
— Parterre (La Voix Humaine)
a compelling performance that traced the shifting moods vividly
— NY Times (La Voix Humaine)
a robust soprano with secure amber tone…a beautiful sense of phrasing and formidable French diction
— NY Classical Review (La Voix Humaine)
her bright, clear timbre and admirable vocal flexibility to create a moving portrayal of Setsuko
— Portland Press Herald (An American Dream)