"Great ability in portraying emotion and meaning."
- The Straits Times, Singapore
" A spectacular grasp of idiom and a hugely intelligent approach to the music "
- Marc Rochester, Music Critic for the Straits Times, Singapore
An acclaimed mezzo-soprano who sings with “nuance” and with “great ability in portraying emotion and meaning”, The Straits Times, Jade Tan Shi Yu was the Grand-prize winner of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music’s Concerto Competition 2016 and Best Singaporean Artist in the Singapore Lyric Opera’s ASEAN Vocal Competition 2016. She was honored the title of President’s Young Performer in 2016.
Jade graduated from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music as valedictorian with First Class Honours and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in the Hannover Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien, Germany. She was also a recipient of the National Arts Council Arts Scholarship.
She made her operatic debut as Dorabella from Mozart’s Così fan tutte in the Hannover Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien, Germany and has since performed the roles of Giannetta in the Singapore Lyric Opera’s Production of L’Elisir d’amore (2017) and Zora in Serbian-born Ana Sokolovic’s Svadba(2018), a New Music opera composed in 2010 which won the prize of Outstanding New Musical/ Opera in the Dora Mavor Moore Awards.
She will perform the role of the Composer in her school’s production of Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos this Winter in Hannover, Germany.
Jade is also actively involved in organising meaningful events and projects aimed at community-outreach through classical music. She is the founder of Classical Conversations, an initiative aimed at spreading interest in classical music which first started in 2014. Jade is also the main producer of the first Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Alumni Festival 2018, Voyage Festival. This is a week-long festival that aims to present classical music in a more accessible and non-traditional manner and to create awareness of the evolving classical music landscape in Singapore.
News & Press
Sparkling Comic Opera Charms: L'Elisir d'Amore Review
Date of Publication: 22nd May 2017
"Also significant was a role of mezzo-soprano Jade Tan as the knowing Giannetta, a not-so-innocent high-society girl, in a memorable SLO debut."
Hitting the High Note: A feature of Jade Tan in NUS News
Date of Publication: 13th October 2016
A feature of Jade in NUS (National University of Singapore) News in lieu of her award of being Singapore's President's Young Performer in 2016. Jade made her debut with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra at the Victoria Concert Hall. The concert was graced by President of the Republic of Singapore, Tony Tan Keng Yam
Strong showing by new blood: President's Young Performer Concert Review
Date of Publication: 24th September 2016
"Tan proved well able to take on the parts of the music which were at the lower end of a mezzo soprano's range.
Each song was carefully nuanced, with the third and final songs, Sabbath Morning At Sea and The Swimmer, especially captivating.
She showed great ability in portraying emotion and meaning from the text and sang with excellent articulation."