Ivy Zhou is an up-and-coming soprano, currently active in Seattle, WA as an opera singer, church musician, recitalist, and voice teacher. “Fearless” and “charming,” her voice has been described as “silvery, shimmering, present…with an easy top and fioritura.”
Originally from the East coast, Ms. Zhou received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy in 2016 from Westminster Choir College, under the tutelage of Laura Brooks Rice. She has since performed all over the East Coast, the Pacific Northwest, and internationally on major stages in Suzhou and Nanjing, China.
Ms. Zhou has brought her characteristic vivacity and engaging energy to a number of leading and supporting roles in over 200 performances. Roles performed include Chloe (Princess Ida), Cinderella (Cinderella en España), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Rosa (Angel of the Amazon), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Second Lady and Papagena (The Magic Flute), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), and Adele (Die Fledermaus). The 2018 season saw her make several role debuts: the Rose in Opera Theater Oregon’s production of The Little Prince, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Aquilon Music Festival, and Mabel in Opera on Tap PDX’s Pirates of Penzance. Upcoming roles include Musetta (La Bohème) with Portland Opera To Go, Kenzie (Earth to Kenzie) with Seattle Opera’s School Opera Tour and Phyllis (Iolanthe) in her Tacoma Opera debut.
A versatile vocalist, Ms. Zhou has also been fortunate to sing in various vocal ensembles, including the Collegium Musicum at St. James the Greater in Vancouver, WA, specializing in Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony; as well as Portland’s acclaimed Resonance Ensemble, which presents socially conscious programming. Most recently, she had the honor of taking part in Resonance’s Women Singing Women, featuring the world premiere of Dr. Melissa Dunphy’s Listen, with text taken from Anita Hill’s 1991 testimony on Clarence Thomas and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s 2018 testimony on Brett Kavanaugh.
Opera outreach, education, and accessibility are passions that continue to shape Ms. Zhou’s career. They have brought her to both Portland Opera and Seattle Opera’s school tour programs; Opera On Tap, an international not-for-profit that inserts opera into community spaces; and to create engaging, intentional, socially minded solo and collaborative recitals.
Ms. Zhou was honored to receive a Metropolitan National Council encouragement award in 2017 and to be a finalist in the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition in 2018. Ms. Zhou studies with bass-baritone Daniel Mobbs.