Originally from China, soprano FEI XIA began learning piano at 9, before going on to pursue her vocal studies. As a professional classical singer, she has been engaged by several opera companies including Vienna Opera Festival, NYLOP, Angels Vocal Arts Opera Company, Manhattan Opera Studio, Miami Classical Music Festival, Berlin Opera Academy, Connecticut Lyric Opera Young Artist Program, Taconic Opera Young Artist Program, and more. Ms. Xia made her Carnegie Hall debut as Juliette in Romeo et Juliette with New York Lyric Opera. She was invited to perform again at Carnegie Hall, singing the role of Giulietta in Les contes d'Hoffmann. She then performed the roles of Prima Cercatrice and Una Novizia in Suor Angelica with Montclair State University Opera. Major opera roles include Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Annio in La clemenza di Tito, Second Lady and Pamina (cover) in Die Zauberflote, Gretel in Hansel und Gretel, the title role in Manon, Angelica in Orlando. As an oratorio soloist, Ms. Xia has performed works of Bach, Handel, and Haydn. An active recitalist, she has given several solo recitals throughout China and the USA. She recently finished her three doctoral recitals at West Virginia University. This active artist is also a big fan of musical theater and pop music, singing music from both genres for many years.
A prizewinner of numerous competitions and awards, Ms. Xia was recently awarded Second Prize in the International Youth Music Competitions and was a finalist in the Lucine Amara International Art Song Competition. Other accolades include First Prize in the following competitions: American Protege International Vocal Competition, Golden Classical Awards International Music Competition, “The Song” International Vocal Competition. Additionally, she won Third Prize in the Odin International Music Competition and the American Classical Young Music Award International Music Competition, was a finalist of the Metropolitan Opera Competition Florida District, as well as semifinalist of both the New York Lyra International Vocal Competition and the New York Lyric Opera Theater International Vocal Competition.
As a voice teacher, Ms. Xia has built up her own private teaching studio in New York City, where she also serves on the voice faculty of Queens Music Academy. She earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Xinghai Conservatory of Music in China; the Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami and an Artist Diploma from Montclair State University. She is a current candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance at West Virginia University with the Outstanding Merit Fellowship award.