Youna Jang Hartgraves
MDLO Institute June, 2018
MDLO Institute March 2019 - Countess(Le nozze di Figaro), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte)
Acclaimed for her electrifying and passionate performances, soprano Youna Jang Hartgraves has sung leading operatic roles throughout the United States, including the title role of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème at Opera Delaware.
At Temple University in Philadelphia, she performed Natalia Petrovna in Hoiby’s A Month in the Country, Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mimì in La Bohème, Climene in L'Egisto, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann. She received the Boyer Merit scholarship in recognition of her musical excellence and was the soprano soloist in Bruckner's Te Deum at the Kimmel Center, Verizon Hall. At the University of North Texas, she sang Liù in Turandot as well as the role of Susan B. Anthony in Thomson's The Mother of Us All.
Youna has participated in the young artist programs at Opera Saratoga (formerly Lake George Opera) for two seasons and sung the role of Louise in La Vie Parisiènne and covered the title role of Madama Butterfly. She participated in the apprentice and studio programs at Sarasota Opera and sang the title role of Madama Butterfly at the Sarasota Chalk festival. As a resident artist at The Academy of Vocal Arts, she sung the roles of Amelia in Un ballo in maschera and Tatyana in Eugene Onegin.
She won awards from the Fritz & Lavinia Jensen Foundation, The Annapolis Opera Competition, Gerda Lissner International Competition. She also placed semi-finals and finals at Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, New Jersey State Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition, Compositione dell’opera in Germany, Elizabeth Connell Dramatic Soprano Competition in 2016 and 2018, and Hariclea Darclee Competition in Romania.
Youna earned a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Music in voice and opera performance from Temple University before appearing as a resident artist at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts in voice performance and pedagogy at The University of North Texas.