"anchor from start to finish"
- San Francisco Classical Voice
"expressiveness to her execution"
- The Rehearsal Studio
- San Francisco Chronicle
Mezzo-Soprano Mindy Ella Chu is capturing acclaim for her interpretations of concert works from composers like Mozart, Bach and Handel. Praised for her “expressive vigor” (San Francisco Chronicle), “liquid ornaments and a pleasantly earthy timbre” (San Francisco Classical Voice), Chu made her international solo debut in 2015 performing John Rutter's Magnificat and Handel's Messiah in Tokyo and Osaka. In 2017, she made her Carmel Bach Festival debut as a main stage soloist. Highlights of the 2018-2019 season include her debut season with Bach Collegium San Diego, a recording project with Stanford University and the St. Lawrence String Quartet in the Duruflé Requiem, and a performance of Francesca Caccini's Alcina with the GRAMMY award-winning Boston Early Music Chamber Opera Series.
Chu’s operatic and stage performing credits include title role in Purcell's Dido & Aeneas (Voices of Music), Damigelle in Francesca Caccini's Alcina (Boston Early Music Festival), Speranza (cover) and ensemble in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo (Apollo's Fire), Dorabella in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte (Middlebury College), Mei-li in Roger and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song (SD Asian American Rep Theatre), and the American premiere of Handel's Parnasso in Festa in the title castrati role of Apollo (American Bach Soloists Academy). She also performed in the 2016 Boston Early Music Festival centerpiece opera, Campra's Le Carnaval de Venise, and understudied the main role of Leonoré in her time there as a young artist. At BEMF, she worked with Gilbert Blin, Stephen Stubbs, Paul O'Dette, Melinda Sullivan and Ellen Hargis to cultivate the physical and musical style of the French Baroque.
Chu's other concert highlights include performing as mezzo-soprano soloist in Bach's B-Minor Mass (Juilliard415), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Copland’s American Songs and Bach’s Ascension Oratorio (Carmel Bach Festival), Haydn’s Nelson Mass (Voices of Ascension), Mendelssohn's Te Deum, Vivaldi's Magnificat, Mozart's Requiem (Soli Deo Gloria), Duruflé's Requiem (Stanford University), and Handel’s Judas Maccabeus (Yale Schola Cantorum), for which she was interviewed by PBS as a part of a Religion and Ethics series.
As a choral artist, she has performed works such as Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields with Bang on a Can All-Stars, Bach's St. John Passion with JSB Ensemble Stuttgart, Arvo Pärt's Passio with Yale Schola Cantorum, and Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms with London Philharmonia Orchestra. She has also performed with ensembles such as Bach Collegium San Diego, Apollo's Fire, The Thirteen, Quicksilver, Yale Choral Artists, SF Symphony Chorus and was a part of the 2018 American Voices CD Release Tour with Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Mindy has recorded solo vocals for Disneyland Hong Kong. Discography credits include: "Fauré and other Sacred Works" (Hyperion), "Palestrina's Missa Confitebor tibi Domini" (Hyperion) and "Bach: Motets for Double Chorus" (American Bach Soloists Label).
Chu received her music training at Yale University where she earned a Master of Music for Early Music, Oratorio & Chamber Ensemble. During her time there, she performed as a soloist and chorister with the Yale Schola Cantorum and Juilliard415 in venues around America and in six different countries. At Yale, she worked with Jimmy Taylor, Avi Stein, Robert Mealy and conductors Masaaki Suzuki, Simon Carrington, and David Hill. Chu was heard live in performance on BBC Radio 3 in the United Kingdom and WQXR New York City.
A Northern California native, Chu is a second generation Chinese-American and also speaks Cantonese. Having a background in western classical dance such as ballet and tap and in Chinese traditional folk dance, Mindy feels that dance continues to inform her approach to musical expression today. She received her Bachelor in Music from San Diego State University School of Music and Dance where she studied with Laurinda Nikkel.