Yulia Van Doren

Recognized by Opera magazine as “a star-to-be” after her Lincoln Center debut, young Russian-American soprano Yulia Van Doren was acclaimed for debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as a “revelation ... a ravishing lyric voice and an ease with vocal ornamentation that turned her into an enchanted songbird” (Toronto Star).

For her last-minute performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Plain Dealer praised Van Doren as an artist of “melting poignancy,” and added, “To Van Doren, one could easily have listened for hours.”

A dedicated interpreter of offbeat repertoire, Van Doren has created 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) with Opera Lafayette; 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; nationally televised performances at the Cartagena International Music Festival with soprano Dawn Upshaw, an important mentor, and creating a leading role in the world premiere staging of Lera Auerbach’s The Blind, an a cappella opera, in the Lincoln Center Festival.

Recognized for her work in the Baroque repertoire, Van Doren has performed with most of the North American Baroque festivals and orchestras, and has the distinction of being the only singer awarded a top prize in all four U.S. Bach vocal competitions. 

Van Doren’s 2019-20 calendar included return bookings with Music of the Baroque (Bach’s B Minor Mass), Boston Baroque (Vivaldi’s Nula in Mundo Pax), Charlotte and Phoenix Symphonies (Messiah), St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (Messiah) and American Bach Soloists (Handel and Bach).

Other notable debuts and engagements include performances with the San Francisco, Toronto, Houston, Cincinnati, St. Louis, National, Seattle Nashville, Colorado, Baltimore, Indianapolis and Milwaukee symphony orchestras; the Cleveland Orchestra; the Los Angeles Master Chorale; the Washington D.C.-based Folger Consort, and two trips to the Netherlands for performances with the Radio Kamer Filharmonie.

Born in Moscow, 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. She is honored to be an Astral Artist and a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow; as the recipient of a Beebe Grant, she spent the 2011-2012 season based in Paris.

March 2021