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.