Yulia Van Doren
A dedicated interpreter of repertoire off the beaten path, Russian-American soprano Yulia Van Doren has thoughtfully cultivated a unique career as one of the foremost concert singers of her generation. Particularly recognized for her work in Baroque repertoire, Yulia Van Doren has been presented as a guest artist by a majority of the premier North American orchestras and festivals, has the distinction of being the only singer awarded top prizes in all U. S. Bach vocal competitions, and is featured on two Grammy-nominated opera recordings with the Boston Early Music Festival. She last appeared with Music of the Baroque in April 2022.
Other career highlights include leading roles in a variety of diverse repertoire, including the world premiere of Shostakovich’s Orango with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, directed by Peter Sellars and released on Deutsche Grammophon; the modern revival of Monsigny’s Le roi et le fermier at Royal Opera of Versailles, the Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center; Monteverdi concerts in Venice with Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Scarlatti’s rarely performed opera Tigrane at Opéra de Nice; Handel’s Acis and Galatea with the Radio Kamer Filharmonie at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin in Macau, marking the first Handel opera performance in the Chinese region; a variety of eclectic 20th-century repertoire as the featured soprano of the 2013 Ojai Music Festival; several world premieres at Carnegie Hall; and nationally televised performances at the Cartagena International Music Festival with soprano Dawn Upshaw, a cherished career mentor. Yulia Van Doren made her European debut singing the historically notable Hungarian premiere of Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Passionate about cross-arts collaboration, Yulia Van Doren has been a frequent soprano soloist for renowned choreographer Mark Morris since 2007, singing many national and international performances with his company, including Dido and Aeneas, Acis and Galatea, and Morris’s iconic L’Allegro. In 2019, she became the first opera singer to perform at the Essaoira World Music Festival, one of Africa’s largest music festivals, in a guest appearance with Moroccan Gnawa superstar Hassan Hakmoun.