Christina Yun


The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy gratefully acknowledges the generous founding support of The Bel Canto Foundation for Italian Heritage and Opera.

COSI 2018 Program:
June 13 - July 15, 2018

52nd International Vocal Competition 's-Hertogenbosch Preliminary Round, in Sulmona's "Maria Caniglia" Opera House:
June 23, 2018

COSI Academy:
July 5 - July 15, 2018

Opera Chorus Program:
July 1 - July 15, 2018

Opera Creation Lab for composers and singers:
July 5 - July 15th, 2018.

COSI 2018 presents:
W.A. Mozart - Le Nozze di Figaro J. Haydn - Il Mondo della Luna G. Puccini - Gianni Schicchi Dean Burry - Il Giudizio di Pigmalione (World Premiere)

COSI 2018 Applications remain open for video applicants

Apply today!

Mezzo-soprano Christina Yun will be performing the role of Mistress of the Novices in this summer’s Puccini opera Suor Angelica. Music has always been a part of her life. Here she tells us why she applied for COSI 2017 summer opera program.

1. What made you start singing?

I started singing at a young age in Sunju Koh’s children’s chorus in Mississauga, Ontario, the Toronto Korean Children’s Choir. She also happens to be my mother, so singing was integrated into my life as I grew into a young woman.

2. What do you love about singing?

Singing is an expression of the concentrated emotion – translated from the poetic black marks on a page into a personal story sung to its finest form through a voice. I love the individuality of voices and the clear personalities of characters and performers come so strongly onstage, no matter the level of singing.

3. Why did you apply for COSI 2017 Summer Opera Program?

I applied for COSI for the opportunity to not only sing in a full opera production but to also grow in my network of singers – I want to be able to hear and understand the plethora of colours that the voice can produce, both in pedagogy and in artistic expression, so that I may become a better performer and teacher myself.

4. What do you hope to gain from the program?

I am just very excited to be singing some beautiful Puccini in a stunning country with some of the best singers that North America can offer!

5. What has been the highlight of your singing career?

The highlight of my career was definitely my participation in the full production of Rusalka as Third Wood-Sprite through the Halifax Summer Opera Program. It was an amazing double-cast, beautiful set, staging, and extremely challenging – it made performing even more worthwhile!

6. What has been the most difficult part and what did it teach you?

The most difficult part of my singing career was the “backstage” work – working often three different jobs to finance auditions, travel expenses, and so on. I have come to understand that all great things that can happen to a person comes in its own time. There is no point in rushing into a future that is uncertain, even in a ever-changing industry like music. I’ve learned that the amount of work that one puts into their craft is not for immediate reward, but for a lifetime of creative expression – and that above all is the reason why I sing.

7. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I am not sure where I will be in 10 years, but I will definitely be singing my way through it!


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