Young Artist of the Month


BARBARA JIN | mezzo-soprano


Barbara Jin completed a Masters of Opera Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2016 under the tuition of Maree Ryan AM.

Her operatic credits have included Mercedes (Carmen), La Badessa, La Suora Zelatrice and La Suora Infermiera (Suor Angelica), Miss Fitzhenry, Lady Jersey and Second Nun (Williamson’s English Eccentrics), and Dawn’s Attendant, Mopsa and Secrecy (The Fairy Queen). Barbara has also appeared in the ensemble for Adamo’s Little Women, Bernstein’s MASS as a Street Singer at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, and in the premiering opera, Ui no Fa’aoe. In October 2016, Barbara portrayed Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In January 2017, she was cast as Mrs McLean in Susannah (Floyd) with Opera New England. In February 2017, Barbara played Angelina (Cenerentola) in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Lyric Opera Studio Weimar.

Barbara’s concert repertoire includes Mass in D minor ‘Nelson’ (Haydn), Messiah (Handel), Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven), Mass (Bernstein) and Stabat Mater (Rossini). Barbara has performed with Eastern Sydney Chamber Orchestra and Choir, Sydney Combined Church Choirs, Mosman Symphony Orchestra, Penrith Symphony Orchestra and Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Ecumenical Choir, Penrith Symphony Orchestra and Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra.

1. What have you been up to lately, performance-wise, and what's coming up?

I participated in Pacific Opera's 24 American Songs and Arias concert in the Utzon Room and A Mother's' Day Concert in the Independent Theatre and Winter Words in the Utzon Room in the Opera House. I also did the alto solo in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Penrith Symphony Orchestra and Saint-Saens Requiem with Sydney University Graduate Choir.

My upcoming performances are Rossini Stabat Mater with Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Joan Carden finalist concert, Town Hall Messiah with Sydney Combined Church Choirs, Beethoven No. 9 with Sydney University Symphony Orchestra and La Badessa in Suor Angelica with Rockdale Opera.

2. Who is your favourite singer, and why?

I would like to say Joyce DiDonato, Marilyn Horne, Elina Garanca and Cecilia Bartoli although there are so many extraordinary singers I love in the world. These ladies all have beautiful voices and they are so experienced no matter in singing or acting. I have always been inspired by the way they performed and their passion for singing. I wish I could be as good as them one day in the future.

3. What show has impacted you the most as an audience member?

It’s a tough question. I would say Renee Fleming’s recital in GuangZhou, China. Her recital was phenomenal. Since then, I began my own little journey in classical singing. And the first opera I ever saw was Madama Butterfly. As sitting in the audience in that production, moved by the music, the lyrics and the great acting, I started my intention to be an opera singer.

4. What experiences do you think have shaped you the most as a performer?

As an opera singer, the production of Cosi fan tutte I did in Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2016 and La Cenerentola with Lyric Opera Studio Weimar in 2017 gave me a lot of experience and made me to use all the knowledge I've learned from school, and also gave me so much confidence in singing. Because I came from a total different culture, it was a bit hard for me at the very beginning. But thanks for all these great experiences, I finally overcame it.

5. What is your favourite opera/aria/piece of music?

My favorite operas are La Cenerentola by Rossini, Samson ed Dalila by Saint-Saens and La Favorite by Donizetti. The reasons why I love them are: the music are so beautiful, the roles are very challenging and of course they all have great mezzo roles. Haha!




June 2017 - Caleb Son

May 2017 - Laura Scandizzo

April 2017 - Ryan O'Donnell

March 2017 - Claire Chehade-James

February 2017 - Christopher Curcuruto

August 2016 - Elizabeth Smalley

July 2016 - Charlotte Merz

June 2016 - Sarah Ampil

May 2016 - Nicholas Tolputt

April 2016 - Rebecca Moret

March 2016 - Bree Meara-Hendy

December 2015 - Sarah Wang


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