Before emigrating to Australia in 1987, soprano Shu-Cheen Yu was a principal artist with the Shan-Xi province Beijing Opera Company and The Chinese National Oriental Song and Dance Company. She made regular broadcasts on Radio Beijing and appearances on Television China and recorded five successful albums.
Since 1989 she has appeared in Chess, as Tuptim in The King and I, as Ninetta in The Thieving Magpie with the University of NSW, in the title role of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with the Song Company, in The Reluctant Highwayman for Broomhill Opera in London, and in many choral works and concerts in Australia, New Zealand, England and Singapore.
The recipient of numerous awards, she was the winner of the Australian Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 1992 in New York, and the Shell Royal Opera House Covent Garden Scholarship in 1994. She became a full-time member of Opera Australia in December 1996 and, with that company, has sung principal roles in Rigoletto, The Coronation of Poppea, and Werther.