Recognized by Opera Magazine as “a star-to-be” following her recent Lincoln Center debut, young Russian-American soprano Yulia Van Doren’s debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra this season was acclaimed as “This year’s big revelation... a ravishing lyric voice and an ease with vocal ornamentation that turned her into an enchanted songbird” (Toronto Star). A dedicated interpreter of repertoire off the beaten path, recent highlights include creating the lead female role in the world premiere of Shostakovich’s Orango with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, directed by Peter Sellars and released on Deutsche Grammophon; two Grammy-nominated opera recordings with the Boston Early Music Festival; the modern revival of Monsigny’s opera Le roi et le fermier at Opera de Versailles, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center (recorded for Naxos); a tour of Handel’s Orlando with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra to the Mostly Mozart, Ravinia and Tanglewood festivals; a leading role in Scarlatti’s Tigrane at Opera de Nice, and nationally-televised performances at the Cartagena International Music Festival with soprano Dawn Upshaw, an important mentor. Especially recognized for her work in the baroque repertoire, within just a few seasons Ms. Van Doren has debuted with the majority of the North American Baroque festivals and orchestras, and has the distinction of being the only singer awarded a top prize in all four US Bach vocal competitions.
This season Ms. Van Doren continues a very busy performance schedule with returns to the Mostly Mozart Festival, Kennedy Center, Music of the Baroque, Phoenix Symphony, and Bard Music Festival. She debuts with the Toronto Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Albany Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and travels twice to the Netherlands for performances with the Radio Kamer Filharmonie, including her Concertgebouw debut in broadcast performances as the title role in Handel’s Acis and Galatea. A frequent collaborator of choreographer Mark Morris, Ms. Van Doren will be the featured soprano of the 2013 Ojai Music Festival (curated by Morris), performing a large variety of modern works including a Cage collaboration with pianist Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus. She closes her season with a debut in the Lincoln Center Festival, creating a leading role in the world premiere staging of Lera Auerbach’s The Blind, an a cappella opera.
Born in Moscow, Yulia Van Doren was raised in the United States in a music-filled household in which she and her seven younger siblings were taught by her Russian mezzo-soprano mother and American jazz pianist father. Ms. Van Doren is honored to be an Astral Artist, a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, and as the recipient of a Beebe Grant she spent the 2011-2012 season based in Paris.