Hailed as “a light, silvery, bright soprano with impressive coloratura” (The Aspen Times), Hong Kong soprano Vivian Yau performed the title role in the world premiere of Pierangelo Valtinoni’s Alice in Wonderland at the 2021 Hong Kong Arts Festival, a production co-commissioned by the Zürich Opera House and Yip’s Children’s Choir. Yau has also been a repeat featured guest artist with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Some other highlights of her career include Rosina in The Barber of Seville with the Aspen Opera Center and Mediterranean Opera Festival, her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Cecilia Chorus of New York, and soprano solo in Handel’s Messiah in Radio Television Hong Kong’s annual Christmas Concert. Other operatic roles include Adele (Die Fledermaus), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Tirésias (Les Mamelles de Tirésias), Asteria (Tamerlano), Giannetta (L’Elisir d’amore) and Valentina Scarcella (Later the Same Evening).
An active advocate for opera as a powerful art form in the modern times, Yau frequently collaborates with contemporary composers, having premiered operas, song cycles and other works by dozens of contemporary composers from all over the world. At the XVIII International Chopin & Friends Festival in New York, she was featured as soloist in Jakub Polaczyk’s mass Missa Apuncta. In 2020, she performed the lead role of Cai Wenji in Joan Huang’s solo chamber opera Eighteen Melodies for Hujiawith West Edge Opera in California, and produced a music video for her performance of George Crumb’s Apparition. Some recent digital performances include Michael Ching’s Zoom Speed Dating Tonight! with the Janiec Opera Company of the Brevard Music Center, as well as Ken Steen and Mary Birnbaum’s APART/MENTAL with #OperaHarmony and OperaVision.
Yau has been voted “My Favourite Young Music Maker” on Radio Television Hong Kong by public audience. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, and a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.