Soprano Gyu Yeon Shanel Shim



“Soprano Gyu Yeon Shim touched our heart and she succeeded. She has a light and well-focused soprano with a pleasing vibrato and sings without visible effort. We were especially fond of her.”                  

By Voce di Meche


“ A standout in the second act is the role of The Fiakermilli, the “belle of the Coachmen’s Ball,” and Gyu Yeon Shim dazzled as a petite powerhouse of coloratura pyrotechnics. Hers was one of the most astonishing successes of the evening, both vocally and in vivaciously comic acting.”

By Pittsburgh in the Round

“Gyu Yeon Shim was the shining star of the production, her remarkably clear soprano cutting beautifully in the chorus pieces and the control of her upper register perfect for La Fée’s difficult arias. “

By The Theatre Times

Soprano Gyu Yeon Shim was born in Daegu, South Korea. She  was a winner at Connecticut district and got 3rd prize at New England Regional Finals, The Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition in 2016. She previously has winner at Opera Susquehanna Voice Competition, won 1st-prize at The American Protégé International Vocal Competition in 2017, 1st-prize & the Platinum award in 2015 at the Forte International Competition held at Carnegie Hall, and she has also won 2nd-prize in 2014 at an Austrian competition called Meistersinger-Gesangwettbewerb. Ms. Shim received her Graduate Diploma from the the New England Conservatory, Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, and Bachelor of Music from Korean National University of Arts.


For the 2019 engagements, Gyu Yeon Shim will be appeared as the role of Shim Chung in Angelo Inglese’s Shim Chung which is the first opera in Western history to be set in Korea. This premiere performance will be held in Città della Pieve in Italy. Also, she performs the role of Celia in Handel’s Silla at the Cambridge Chamber Ensemble in Boston, and Dew & Sleep fairy in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel at the New York Performing Arts Theater.

During 2017-2018 seasons, she had performed as the role of Housewife (Minji) in Premier Contemporary Opera ‘Sunday Supper’ composed by Yoon-Ji Lee at the National Sawdust in Brooklyn, La Fée in P. Viardot’s Cendrillon at the Stafford Opera Troupe where she was a faculty member in Virginia and the Cambridge Chamber Ensemble in Boston, Fiakermilli in Arabella at Pittsburgh Festival Opera as a resident artist, concerts as a soloist in Mozart’s Exultate, jubilate at the Westchester Korean Choral Society in New York, Korean Art Song Concert and her first solo recital in Daegu.

Ms. Shim’s 2016–2017 seasons, her performances included the role of Morgana in Handel’s Alcina at Lyra New York Opera , Poppea in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at the National Opera Center in New York, La Fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon at the Curtler Majestic hall in Boston, Adele in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus at Daegu Opera House in South Korea, and Königin der Nacht in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Chautauqua Music Festival. She is also a guest faculty of Stafford Opera Troupe from 2017.  


During the 2015-16 seasons featured the role of Dalinda in Handel’s Ariodante, Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at New England Conservatory, Lakmé in Delibes' Lakmé at the Opera Delaware and Manhattan School of Music, and Königin der Nacht in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Manhattan School of Music.