Guanqun Yu is one of the leading sopranos of the younger generation and appears regularly at first class opera houses worldwide.
In the 2018/19 season, Ms. Yu will sing Mimi in La Bohème at the Opernhaus Zürich, Micaela in Carmen and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera, concert performances as Lucrezia in The Two Foscari in Munich and Budapest, Leonora in Il Trovatore at Teatro Comunale Bologna, Vitellia in The Clemency of Titus in Los Angeles and Desdemona in Otello at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
She will return to LA Opera in 2020 as the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro. She previously appeared with the company in 2015, performing the roles of Rosina in The Ghosts of Versailles and the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro.
Important engagements in Ms. Yu’s 2017/18 season included Lucrezia in concert performances of The Two Foscari at the Salzburg Festival, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra at the Hamburg State Opera, and Mimi at the Bavarian State Opera. She also sang Elettra in Idomeneo as well as Liu in Turandot and Micaela at the Opernhaus Zürich, and she returned to New York as Liù, while concerts brought her to Scandinavia and Germany.
Born and educated in China, Ms. Yu sang such roles as Pamina in The Magic Flute and Gilda in Rigoletto during her studies in Shandong and Shanghai, during which time she also participated in concerts at important events. She first became known outside of China by winning the first prize at the famous Belvedere Singing Competition. In 2008, Ms. Yu became a member of the opera studio at Teatro Comunale di Bologna. In 2012, she was a winner of Operalia.