Mary Liu Soprano, Dean
“A sensational soaring voice” World Journal, New York.
Soprano Mary Liu's operatic performances have included the leading roles of Cio‐Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Mimi in La Boheme, Liu in Turandot, Tosca in Tosca, Violetta in La Traviata and the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, to name a few. She has sung in New York's Carnegie Hall, the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. She has also performed in Opera Fest di Roma, the 55th Puccini Festival Season in Torre del Lago, Italy, and with the New Jersey State Opera, Queens Opera and was featured in special concerts singing operatic repertoire in China, accompanied by the La Scala Chamber Orchestra Milano and the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino chamber Orchestra Italy.
Ms. Liu has worked with legendary artists such as Dame J.Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, Enrico De Mori, Giuseppe Acquaviva, Stefano Pagliani, Domenico Pierini, Giovanni Reggiori and Franz Albanese. In addition to being a concert performer with renowned orchestras, Mary also gave numerous recitals that appeared on television in New York, Toronto, Italy, China, Singapore, Malaysia, and throughout Southeast Asia.
Ms. Liu began singing while as a student in her native Harbin, China and was selected as a solo performer with the Central National Song and Dance Company, Beijing. She won a scholarship at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing with Professor Guo Shu‐Zhen and Wang Fu‐Zong, and received coaching on Italian repertoire from Maestro Nicola Rossi Lemeni. After graduation and a successful debut recital in Hong Kong City Hall, Mary was accepted in the Artist Diploma Program at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada, where she also began teaching voice. In 1993, Ms. Liu received a scholarship from the Manhattan School of Music in New York and studied with Professors Gabor Carelli and Ted Pufer until May 1995, when she received her Master's degree in music. Later that same year, Mary won first prize in the Artist International Music Competition in New York and subsequently gave her New York City debut the following year.
She appeared as Cio-Cio San in Roma Opera Festival's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly and in 1999, Ms. Liu held a concert tour in Italy. She also adjudicated in the Beijing Central Television Singing Competition and the Qing Dao International Voice Competition. She acted as an adjudicator in the International Bellini Music Competition, the Maria Callas Voice Competition in Italy from 1999 to 2010, the Verdi Voice Competition in Busseto, Italy and the Roma Voice Competition, Italy. In 2005, Ms. Liu performed as Violetta in La Traviata in Rome, and had a solo recital in the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts. In 2008, she performed for Rai, Italian Television for a concert in honor of the Pope Benedetto XVI in Vatican City, Rome and again for Rai Television at the Parco della Musica, she also sang for QingDao orphanage in the same year, and raise $800000 for the orphanage. She again appeared in the role of Cio-Cio San in Theater Varna's production of Madama Butterfly in Bulgaria this past March. She has been invited back by the theater to perform in their production of Turandot in 2012. She also has been invited to Roma Music Festival as Art Director from 2011 to 2013; and held a concert with Mr. Colin Yip and Nie-er ochestra in 2012. Ms. Liu also is judge for International Verdi Competition from 2011 to 2013.
Ms. Liu is the Dean and Voice Department Head of the Toronto School of Music Canada and continues to adjudicate in international competitions as well as performs worldwide in operas, concerts, and solo recitals. In 2008, Ms. Liu sang for Rai, Italian Television for a concert in honor of the Pope Benedetto XVI in Vatican City, Rome. She also gave concerts and masterclasses in Italy that same year and has continued to perform in China, Italy and the USA.