A versatile performer, Canadian mezzo-soprano Evanna Chiew is at home on
both the operatic and concert stage. Her 2015-16 engagements include chamber and
art song recitals in Sweden, France, and the United States, as well as singing Hermia in
A Midsummer Night's Dream with Yale Opera and Nora in Riders to the Sea at the Beethoven Easter Festival in Poland.
She began her operatic career as the Abbess in Suor Angelica with the University of British Columbia Opera Ensemble, with which she has since performed numerous other roles such as Prince Charming (Cendrillon), Nancy (Albert Herring), Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible), and Dorabella (Così fan tutte). With Yale Opera, she has sung Angelina (La Cenerentola), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Nora (Riders to the Sea). She was a soloist in Dvo%u0159ák's Stabat Mater, Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor, Vaughan William's Serenade to Music (UBC Symphony Orchestra), Handel's The Messiah (Vancouver Bach Choir), and Bach's Magnificat (Vancouver Oratorio Society). Recently, she made her Carnegie Hall debut under the auspices of Yale University, performing Sibelius and Mahler songs.
Ms. Chiew is a twice-named fellow at the Toronto Summer Music Academy, specializing in art song, and a protégée of the Chamber Music Northwest Festival, where she sang with such
artists as Paul Neubauer, Tara Helen O'Connor, and David Shifrin. She is a two-time recipient of both the Johann Strauss Foundation Scholarship and the Vancouver Women's Musical Society Bursary, and has been awarded a BC Arts Council Scholarship. She was a semi-finalist at the Belvedere International Singing Competition, as well as a finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council district auditions in 2015.
Next summer, Ms. Chiew will apprentice at Santa Fe Opera, covering the role of Stéphano in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette. She holds a bachelor of music from the University of British Columbia and a master of music from Yale University. Currently, she is one of two candidates selected from an international pool of applicants across all instruments in the Yale School of Music's prestigious Artist Diploma program, where she studies under Doris Yarick-Cross.