Tenor Lim Shieh-Yih, a native of Singapore is described by the New York Times as a "Bright Voice Tenor" and "his English Diction is better than most English Native Speakers..." His opera performances include Carmen, Otello, Così Fan Tutte, Eugene Onégin, Die Zauberflöte, Madama Butterfly, Ariadne auf Naxos and A Midsummer Night's Dream. He is described as "vividly villainous... making one want to hiss at him" by The Independent News, in Santa Barbara of his performance of Monostatos at the Music Academy of the West's production of Die Zauberflöte. In the Oratorio field, he has performed in The Messiah, The Creation, Lauda per la natività del Signore by O. Respighi and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Mr. Lim has been described by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Hawaii as having "a strong voice with good quality" in his performance of the Beethoven 9th Symphony under the baton of Norio Ohga (CEO, Sony Corporation). The Denver Post critics Mr. Lim's performance of the role of Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Aspen Opera Theater Center under the baton of Julius Rudel: "his clear metal voice and considerable volume hinted a future Siegfried." Opera News describes his performance of the role of Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with MAW, Santa Barbara as "ringing substance and brilliance." Also with the same role, Los Angeles Times describes him as "the most promising singer" and specifically notes his clear German diction.
Shieh-Yih is also a fine recitalist. He has performed in Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, New England Conservatory, Paul Hall, etc. Mr. Lim was invited to open the Brownville Concert Series at the Brownville Concert Hall in Nebraska on February 7th, 1999 in conjunction with the Marilyn Horne Foundation. He has obtained fellowships from the Pacific Music Festival, and the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, where he is one of the Marilyn Horne Foundation Awardee in 1997 and The Apen Opera Theater Center with the Aspen Music Festival. Shieh-Yih has also attended Master Classes given by Marilyn Horne, Joan Sutherland, Elizabeth Söderstrom, Warren Jones, Martin Isepp, Paul Sperry, Graham Johnson, Martin Katz etc. Shieh-Yih is the winner of the 1992, 4th Asian Vocal Competition held in Taiwan, Taipei. He is the youngest to have won the title. He is also the finalist for the Leonard Bernstein Songs and Oratorio Competition, Jerusalem and the Joy in Singing Competition, New York. After coming back to Singapore, Mr. Lim was invited to be the adjudicator for the Malaysia National Vocal Competition 2001, and recently the 1st Chinese Folk and Arts Songs Karaoke Vocal Competition held at Victoria Concert Hall. Shieh-Yih is also very proud to be one of the soloists in Beethoven 9th Symphony to had performed at the National Inauguration of the Concert Hall at the Esplanade — Theatre by the Bay.
Shieh-Yih began his music education at the age of 4 on the piano with Madam Lucien Wong. Encouraged by his parents and aunt, Ms Florence Yap Chiu Yuen, his interest in singing became more keen at age 17. He has since earned degrees from The Trinity College of Music, London; Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, PR China and The Juilliard School in both piano and voice. His teachers include Ms Scelagh Molyneaux, Ms Yang Jie, Mr. Li Xinchang, Mr. Robert White, the late Mr. Edward Zambara and Ms Marilyn Horne. Shieh-Yih has obtained his Bachelor’s, Master’s Degree and he has graduated with the degree of Professional Studies on full scholarship, studying with Mr. W Stephen Smith at The Juilliard School.
Since his return to Singapore, Shieh-Yih has been very active in the Singapore music scene, performing in a few productions with the Singapore Lyric Opera and other Arts Societies. Mr. Lim was invited by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra to perform the Tenor solo in Beethoven's Symphony no. 9 at the Inauguration of the Concert Hall at Esplanade — Theatres by the Bay. This concert was broadcast on Symphony 92.4 FM LIVE! At the moment Mr. Lim resides in Singapore. Mr. Lim's future engagements includes performances at the Esplanade — Theatres by the Bay in 2008, Concerts with the NAFA Orchestra and dedicating part of his time in teaching the younger generation to promote classical singing. He is also engaged to give Master-classes in Taiwan, Tainan National Performing Arts institute and concerts in Asia. His students has won many prizes in the Malaysian National Vocal Competition, in December 2002 and in 2004, 3 of his students was placed 1st, 2nd and 4th in the Singapore-Malaysian Vocal Competition in Singapore Division. Recently, the top 3 prizes belongs to his students at the 1st Festa Canzone International Art Songs Competition 2005, which includes participants from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, USA, Indonesia and China. Mr. Lim is currently a member of the voice faculty at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, Artistic Director of Classical Singers' Association, Singapore and FestaCanzone — Art Song Festival, Director of the Classical section of the Singing Teachers' Association Singapore.