Tsu-Ching opera news


Lyric soprano Tsu-Ching Yu was in grade 7 when her classmates made fun of her voice commenting that it sounded operatic.  At the time, she had no idea what opera meant and little did she know she would someday be an opera singer.    Her elementary school music teacher Arpad Molnar voluntarily gave Tsu-Ching lessons during lunch and after school and inspired her to become a dramatic soprano one day.  She is also very grateful for an "uncle" who urged her parents to give her singing lessons and there began her formal singing journey during her last year of high school.   

Today, Tsu-Ching works with Opera by Request under the direction of William Shookhoff.  

Soprano Tsu-Ching Yu

Past Performances

Rita - Rita (Donietti) Opera by Request January 19, 2019
Lucy - The Telephone (Menotti) Opera by Request January 19, 2019
Dutchess Carolina - Luisa Fernanda (Torrorba) Opera by Request December 10, 2014
Love Everlasting - Solo Vocal Recital William Shookhoff November 7, 2014
Adina - L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti) Opera by Request September 17, 2011
Norina - Don Pasquale (Donizetti) Opera by Request May 8, 2010
Winter Reflections - Solo Vocal Recital William Shookhoff February 3, 2010
Canada's Bel Canto Divas 2008-2009
ProVoce Studio End-of-Year Show ProVoce Studio June 7, 2008
Norina - Don Pasquale (Donizetti) Opera by Request May 24, 2008
WestPark HealthCare Centre February 2008
Church of Mark and Calvary 2007-Present
An Evening of Chinese Music Toronto School of Music July 2007
A Night of Mediterranean Songs William Shookhoff February 22, 2007

Voice Teachers

  • Tina Torlone: 2007-2008
  • Mary Liu: 1997-2007
  • Colin Yip: 1997-2007
  • Xiao Ping Hu: 1996-1997

Vocal Coaches

  • William Shookhoff
  • Adolfo de Santis

Piano Studies

  • Rachad Feizoullaev
  • Oszkar Morzsa


  • Jeanette Aster (France 2008)
  • Maestro Roberto de la Clara
  • Dr. Michael Warren


  • Mary Morrison - Canadian Contemporary Showcase

Honours and Awards

Young Artist Performance Award for Singing Artist International Music & Dance Association 2001
Young Talent Award for Singing Toronto School of Music 1999/2000
Leadership in Music Award Harbord Collegiate Institute 2002
Talents in the Arts Award Essex Public School 1991


ProVoce Studio 2007-2008
Toronto School of Music 1997-2007


Royal Conservatory of MusicYear
Grade 10 Voice 2007
Grade 8 Voice 2004
Grade 5 Piano 1999
Grade 4 Piano 1998

University of Toronto

Honours BA (Major: Computer Science, Minors: Italian, German) 1998-2003
Post-Grad Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language 2004